If they are really so popular and important, they can raise money through voluntary donations.
The recent controversy over former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson billing massive amounts of expenses to taxpayers has caused people to look into the big benefits given to former Governors General.
While the original reports had said Clarkson was spending up to $100,000 in taxpayer dollars in retirement, it turns out that the waste was even worse, with Clarkson spending over $200,000 in some years.
And while there are calls for reviews and oversight of spending by former GGs, what really needs to happen is for ex-Governors General to be cut-off entirely from getting taxpayer money.
Think about it: Aside from pensions – and only certain jobs still offer that these days – the rest of us don’t keep getting money when we leave our job. When you’re done, you’re done. We don’t get to keep billing a company we worked for for expenses once we’ve left.
So why the hell should GGs – who already get paid way more than the average Canadian – be able to spend our tax dollars when they’ve left their job?
It makes zero sense – except for the obvious realization that the corrupt elite always rig the game in their favour at our expense.
Former GGs claim that they still have an important role once they leave the job, but that’s not really true. Their ‘important role’ gets transferred to the next GG.
And if a former GG really thinks they are so important and special and popular even after leaving, then they can solicit private, voluntary donations from Canadians, instead of forcing us all to pay for their aggrandizement and egos.
It’s time to cut-off former GGs from any taxpayer money, and make them live like the rest of us.
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