Update From The Ottawa Citizen: “Library head Daniel Caron resigns as $170,000 in expenses found”
The head of Canada’s National Library and Archives resigned Wednesday, surprising librarians and archivists who say they hope his replacement as the country’s top librarian is a better advocate for the trade.
On Wednesday, the NDP released a document outlining what Heritage critic Pierre Nantel called Caron’s “titanic expenses” over the past two years.
The publicly available figures show Caron expensed $87,000 in each of 2011 and 2012, dwarfing Moore’s own expenses, which averaged $46,000 in each of those years.
Expenses ranged from business meals, vaguely described as “lunch with a consultant” at expensive Ottawa restaurants such as the Rideau Club (31 visits costing more than $2,000), to stays at pricey hotels in Quebec City and Puerto Rico, and travel costs to Toronto, Europe and Australia.
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The CBC is reporting that Daniel Caron, the person in charge of Library and Archives Canada has resigned. From the CBC:
The head of Library and Archives Canada said adios to his job Wednesday. Daniel Caron resigned after billing taxpayers nearly $4,500 for personal Spanish lessons.
We’ve shared several articles in the past few weeks (linked below) and months about Caron and his leadership of LAC . We hope new leadership will make the needed changes and get this important organization back on track.