Jack and Olivia have shown that they, like the leadership of Canada's most appalling, self-interested unions such as CUPE and CUPW, whose support they enjoy, know how to live the high life on other people's hard earned money.
From The Toronto Star:
Toronto's Jack Layton and Olivia Chow are Ottawa's million-dollar couple.
According to recently released House of Commons records, the NDP leader and his long-time wife, Chow, who is MP for Trinity Spadina, charged Canadian taxpayers about $1.16 million in MP expenses last year for running their offices, living in Ottawa and paying for associated travel costs...
Chow's expenses tallied $530,304.73 and Layton's was $628,913.68.
The NDP's power couple lives in a $2,000-a-month apartment just steps from Parliament Hill.
To stay in their home away from home, they charged a total of $42,478 for accommodation and per diem expenses.
Chow was reimbursed $17,010.20, while Layton charged the maximum of $25,468.
“It's within the law,” Chow snapped when asked why they both bill for accommodation while in Ottawa, later explaining they split the rent, about $12,000 each, depending on how much time they spend in Ottawa.
Chow refused to break out how much of her $17,010.20 was for rent and for per diem expenses.
On an amusing note, the Stalinist thought police at rabble.ca, the nutcase radical leftist website founded by Judy Rebick and published by NDP MP Libby Davies' spouse, Kim Elliott were so disturbed that this news would cause dissent among the unwashed er..rabble that frequent the site that they shut down not just one but two discussion threads on this subject.
And how much do taxpayers spend housing Harper and Ignatieff in their government homes? More or less than what Layton and Chow spend?
Yea, I thought so.
How many seats does the fringe 4th party have?
$2k a month is not unreasonable for a place big enough for two professional people.
P.S.: Calling Rabble "Stalinist" is an affront and you are WAY out of line. Do you like it when people call random things "just like Hitler"? Because that's as stupid as what you just did here. I can't believe anyone on the mainstream press side has any respect for you.
Okay, 2k a month for an apartment, what about the $1.1 million on top of that? Or does your ability to comprehend numbers stop at 4 digits?
And you go ahead and say "just like Hitler" about anything you like, pal. What do I care? It's your credibility. And people who are threatened by ideas to the point of banning them sound pretty Stalinist to me. I let people like you come to my blog, insult me, and I still publish their comments. If your ideas have merit, then they are worth airing, and if they don't, they can be deconstructed or ridiculed.
Rabble is afraid of ideas, so they ban them.
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