We are not amused!

Royalty Fees2

“What is it about journalists and expenses” Jan Wong asks in her May 20th Chronicle Herald opinion piece. In one part she writes of an unexpected, too-close encounter with former governor general Adrienne Clarkson. Readers are reminded of an extravagant lifestyle as governor general increasing the office’s expenses annually by millions. It is reported The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson has billed Canadian taxpayers more than $500,000 in the eight years since she left the governor general’s position. Rideau Hall in a Toronto Star news report explains the cost as reasonable expenses for secretarial and temporary administrative support made available to all former governors general for activities related to their former role. Net cost of the Governor General’s office for 2011-2012 is reported by Canada’s government as more than $33 million. And the beat goes on…

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