I realize that the rules cover moving expenses but this is a provocation…
Ms. Purchase would not confirm the names of the two staff members with the highest costs, but The Globe has learned they are Mr. Butts and Ms. Telford.
Public land records show Mr. Butts sold his million-dollar Toronto home for $630,000 more than he paid for it, while Ms. Telford made close to $500,000 on the sale of her $1,005,000 Toronto home earlier this year.
Rules for moves are outlined by Treasury Board policy for ministers’ offices and a document called the National Joint Council Relocation Directive, which applies to public servants and staffers. The directive says eligible moving expenses include real estate commissions and legal fees.
A spokesman for Treasury Board President Scott Brison did not answer questions about whether the policy would be changed.