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.