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The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on newly appointed Governor General Mary Simon to reform the unaffordable taxpayer-funded perks provided to governors general. “Rideau Hall needs to re-establish trust with Canadians, and a good first step would be to reform the unfair perks connected to the position,” said Franco Terrazzano, Federal Director for the CTF. “The government isn’t flush with cash, and many families and businesses are still struggling, and this is the right time for Canada’s new governor general to show respect for taxpayers.” Former governors general receive an annual pension payment which is now about $150,000 per year. Governors general are eligible for the full pension regardless of how long they serve in the role and start collecting it immediately upon leaving the position. The CTF estimates that the five living former governors general will receive more than $18 million if they continue to collect their pensions to age 90. Julie Payette only served for a little more than three years but will still receive an estimated $4.8 million if she collects the Governor General pension to that age.

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