Liberal advisor's move cost taxpayers $72,000

Canada's Defence Minister Rob Nicholson speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on...

Canada's Defence Minister Rob Nicholson speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa December 5, 2013. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 8:38 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Defence Minister Rob Nicholson will investigate reports that Andrew Leslie, a Liberal Party defence advisor and retired general, charged taxpayers $72,000 to move homes within the same city.

Nicholson said the $72,000 price tag "seems grossly excessive."

Leslie joined the Liberals as an advisor in September. He is expected to run for the party in the 2015 federal elections and is scheduled to be a keynote speaker at the Liberal policy convention next week in Montreal.

The party did not return calls from QMI Agency on Sunday.

"I will be asking the Department of National Defence (DND) to examine how an in-city move could possibly total over $72,000," Nicholson said in a statement released Sunday.

An official with the national defence department who spoke with QMI Agency confirmed reports the move cost $72,000.

"(Leslie) moved a few blocks away," the official said. "($72,000) is a lot."


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