Military moving program to be reviewed: Defence minister

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)

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:33 PM ET

MONTREAL - Defence Minister Rob Nicholson said he will "immediately" review the government program that allows retired military officers to charge taxpayers to move within the same city.

The Canadian Forces Integrated Relocation Program offers certain retired military personnel free moving costs to relocate after serving the country.

Military members are often required to move several times during their career and the program was created to move retirees one last time to a place of their choosing.

However, Nicholson announced Thursday the program will be reviewed after it was revealed that several former high-ranking officers charged taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars to move within the same city.

Nicholson called out retired general and Liberal party adviser Andrew Leslie, who charged citizens $72,000 to move a few blocks away from his Ottawa home.

However, news reports revealed that several other former high-profile military leaders also charged citizens similar amounts for in-city moves, such as Maj.-Gen. Mike Day, Rear-Admiral Nigel Greenwood and Brig.-Gen. Claude Rochette.


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