The luxury tastes of former Governor General Julie Payette have come at a cost to taxpayers.
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And Canadians have not finished paying for the astronaut’s reign, despite his resignation. She will be able to receive a pension of $ 143,000 per year for the rest of her life.
Mme Payette will benefit from security that costs taxpayers $ 7.4 million annually.
She had also claimed, during her reign, $ 250,000 to build certain doors and a staircase to avoid the eyes of a few colleagues. The construction was never completed, but it still cost taxpayers $ 100,000.
The swearing-in of Julie Payette was also expensive, she who had been celebrated in the company of several singers from Quebec. This ceremony alone cost $ 649,000.
In 18 months, the flights and gourmet meals provided to Mme Payette totals a bill of $ 65,000, which is twice the average salary of a Quebecer.
With the money given to his personal assistant ($ 226,000), we are talking about a working capital of around $ 35 million.
A budget that must be corrected, according to some
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CFC) considers the budget allocated to a Governor General to be far too high. A situation that must be corrected in the eyes of many.
“We are not eager to see the invoice for Mme Payette, launched the director of the federation in Quebec, Renaud Brossard. Two years ago, the Prime Minister promised to reassess whether governors general could still have a lifetime expense account. He still hasn’t done anything. ”