As soon as the story about Andrew Leslie's moving expenses broke, the Liberals -- along with many in the media — were quick to dismiss it as yet another Conservative Party attack.
On Saturday, CTV News reported that the retired lieutenant-general who once led Canada's mission in Afghanistan claimed $72,000 in moving costs as part of a program intended to allow members of the Canadian Forces to expense one last move, back home, after they retire.
But here's the rub: Leslie — now an adviser to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau — expensed taxpayers for a move four minutes away.
The Tories were quick to react.
"It is important for Andrew Leslie to explain why he believes this is a reasonable expense for hard-working Canadians to absorb," Defence Minister Rob Nicholson said in a statement.
"This is a matter of judgment and the responsible use of taxpayers' dollars."
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