Governor General Mary Simon must economize in her $24.7 million annual budget, the Commons government operations committee said yesterday. MPs protested spending was so lavish that Rideau Hall did not tell the whole truth when questioned about the cost of overseas junkets.

“Officials did not provide complete information,” wrote the committee. MPs “were surprised to learn more details about travel expenses in media” than in testimony from Rideau Hall staff, said the report Travel Expenditures Related To The Office Of The Governor General’s Secretary Since 2014.

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