CRA employee got $538,549 for move from Richmond Hill to Belleville

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Can you believe it? A Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) employee billed the federal government, his employer (which is indirectly the Canadian taxpayer) for $538,549.00 to move 118 miles from Richmond Hill to Belleville, ON.

Meaning, ordinary hard-working Canadians paid for that two-hour move. In fact, according to Aaron Wudrick of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, just with the access to information they have received so far, at least 16 employees were paid over $100,000 including a second CRA employee, who moved from Mississauga to Ottawa. That rebate was for $113,608.00.

Which makes you wonder why the much shorter move was $400,000 less. I mean, even if the Richmond Hill property was worth a million dollars, the 5 or 6% real estate fee would only have been in the $60,000 range.

And, no, I know this is not a new issue. Reimbursing federal employee moves has been going on for a long time. But, surely, if the country is now in a period of structural deficit, this perk can be capped at an amount we taxpayers would think is fair — like up to a maximum of $10,000 a move which would pay for the actual move and not the real estate and legal fees.

The crux of the matter is that Canadians simply can’t afford to pay for such unreasonable public servant benefits — benefits that few other Canadians enjoy.