National Newswatch

A Conservative government decision to move the office that investigates election fraud from under the roof of Elections Canada is costing almost $3 million in up-front costs.

A written response to a question from Liberal MP Scott Simms details $2,939.557.90 budgeted to move the office of elections commissioner Yves Cote into the Office of the Public Prosecutor, including $265,000 in management fees for the relocation.

The government shifted Cote’s office from its home within Elections Canada earlier this year as part of a hotly contested bill dubbed the Fair Elections Act, despite testimony the move would make the office less effective and less efficient.

The Canadian Press
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