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RRC President’s Expenses Questioned by Taxpayers Federation

March 13, 2013 9:22 AM | News

Stephanie Forsyth (RED RIVER COLLEGE)

Stephanie Forsyth (RED RIVER COLLEGE)

The president of Red River College is under the microscope for questionable expenses billed to the college after new documents have surfaced.

According to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Stephanie Forsyth expensed $205 for golf shoes, her driver’s license, a bag at the Vancouver Airport for $134 and a number of expenses for her BMW, including car washes, insurance, winter tires, and a GPS device.

The CTF released documents (PDF) on Wednesday obtained through a Freedom of Information request, showing the items Forsyth expensed to the publicly-funded educational institution.

“Taxpayers and students shouldn’t have to pay for golf shoes and the president’s driver’s license,” said CTF Prairie Director Colin Craig. “Sure, golf is a common business activity, but many people get by the odd work-related golf event with running shoes.”

Forsyth also billed $107 in groceries at Superstore to the college for a dinner with NDP Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross.

Between September 2010 and January 2013, Forsyth’s expense total was $78,842.21.

The CTF has sent a letter to RRC’s board requesting a review of the expenses and that Forsyth reimburse the college for those that do not meet their expense policy.