Commander attacked for 'lacking judgment' in moving costs controversy

Retired army general and Liberal advisor Andrew Leslie is pictured in this October 3, 2011 file...

Retired army general and Liberal advisor Andrew Leslie is pictured in this October 3, 2011 file photo. (QMI Agency files)

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:53 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Retired army general and Liberal advisor Andrew Leslie is not the only senior Canadian Forces commander to charge taxpayers for pricy relocation costs within the same city.

Documents obtained through an Access to Information request show Maj.-Gen. Mike Day hit up taxpayers for almost $60,000 to change homes within Ottawa last year, according to Global News.

The same documents show Rear-Admiral Nigel Greenwood charged taxpayers for a $43,000 move within Victoria in 2011, while Brig.-Gen. Claude Rochette billed for $40,000 in relocation costs while changing Ottawa homes in 2010.

Taxpayers covered Leslie's $72,000 costs last year when the retired general changed homes within Ottawa's upper class Rockcliffe Park neighbourhood, taking advantage of a decades-old program that covers military members' relocation costs, including one final move after retirement.


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