Clarkson’s spending much higher than indicated in public records, sources reveal, in some years exceeding $200k

OTTAWA — As Rideau Hall prepares a “thorough review” of the lifetime expense program for former governors general, the National Post has learned Adrienne Clarkson’s expense claims since leaving office are substantially higher than revealed by the public accounts, in some years reaching the program’s annual spending limit of $206,000.

There is no allegation that Clarkson has ever broken any rules. However, she has taken full advantage of the little-known program that funds the activities of former governors general, and sources told the Post that over the years Clarkson has been the strongest opponent of reforming it, and that Clarkson had specifically resisted the possibility of her expenses being disclosed publicly.