November 14, 2019
November 14, 2019 3:37 PM EST
Canada's Governor General Julie Payette speaks after receiving letters of credentials from Ambassadors-designate during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada November 1, 2019. (REUTERS/Patrick Doyle)
Put it on the government credit card.
Assunta Di Lorenzo, Secretary to the Governor General, landed in hot water after details from federal accounts revealed she and her assistant expensed nearly $65,000 in 18 months, Blacklockís Reporter reports.
Travel and food expenses made up most of the charges.
For instance, Di Lorenzo spent $97 on lunch plus travel for a climate change conference and $48 on food while attending a one-hour vigil for the victims of the Toronto Yonge Street van attack on April 23, 2018.
Cabinet appointed the former corporate lawyer to her $226,000 a year position in 2018 and accounts show of the nearly $65,000 in expenses, Di Lorenzo spent $44,940 while Marie-Genevieve Mounier, her associate secretary, billed taxpayers a cool $19,762.
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Additional costs included more than $10,000 on flights to attend the swearing-in of the lieutenant-governors of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick.
Inflating budgets appear to be a common theme in the office of the Governor General.
Governor General Julie Payetteís swearing-in ceremony in 2017 had triple the budget of her predecessor, David Johnston, costing just under $650,000, Access to Information records reveal.
A breakdown of the costs for that ceremony shows $3,000 was spent on flowers, $112,350 on musicians and performers, and a $167,900 banquet featuring a course of Alberta beef and maple balsamic quinoa.
Payetteís ceremony was not the most expensive, however. That title belongs to Michaelle Jean, who spent $1.3 million as Governor General in 2005 on her swearing-in ceremony.