National Newswatch

From power to powerless: The high costs of a political life

Jun 4 2023 — Bryan Passifiume — Current Liberal House Leader Mark Holland has spent nearly his entire career in politics except for one four-year gap after losing a close race in the 2011 federal election. That loss was so crushing he attempted to take his own life. “I volunteered and lived in my community my entire life,” Holland told the National […]

Former MPs billed taxpayers over $90,000 in ‘transitional’ education benefits: documents

Apr 18 2023 — Bryan Passifiume — Ivy League courses, executive training, and certifications from new-age self-help gurus are among the post-political life transition expenses claimed by former members of Parliament. Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation show that 12 former MPs billed the federal government’s transition support program $90,303.89. The program makes $15,000 available to former MPs, meant to assist […]

Charles and Camilla’s two-day 2022 visit cost Canadians $2 million

Mar 26 2023 — Bryan Passifiume — Last year’s brief Royal visit by the Charles and Camilla, then the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, cost taxpayers $2 million dollars, newly released documents reveal. Listed in cost breakdowns that accompanied responses to order-paper questions submitted by Bloc Québécois MP Julie Vignola, expenses for the then Prince of Wales and Duchess of […]

Emails show Trudeau minister’s office quashed details of $6,000-a-night London suite

Feb 13 2023 — Bryan Passifiume — Federal government staff were prepared for reporters to find out about the exorbitant hotel bill, including a more than $6,000-a-night suite, that politicians and government staff incurred while in London for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Internal documents show Global Affairs Canada (GAC) staff discussing weeks after the funeral how to avoid the embarrassment […]

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