Retired general Andrew Leslie might have expected the
verbal jostling that comes with the rough and tumble of
politics — after all, both of his grandfathers served as
Liberal defence ministers. (CP) | CP.
Lost his 'political virginity'
Leslie may have been prepared for the scrutiny that began last weekend with Conservative MPs questioning his 2012 moving expenses, which totalled $72,225.86 — the bulk of which was likely realtor fees. Leslie moved a couple of blocks under a program that sees the government cover the costs of a final move for members of the Canadian Forces when they leave the military.
Leslie's moving expenses were the subject of two statements by Defence Minister Rob Nicholson, who now occupies a position once held by both Claxton and Andrew McNaughton, his paternal grandfather.
Optics of General Leslie's moving expenses don't look good.
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