PM calls for review on former governors' general spending

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling for more transparency and accountability from former Canada's former governors general.

He says those who used to hold the vice-regal post deserve continued financial support once they retire.

But he says the government will review the program that provides it to determine what he called ``best practices.''

Trudeau made the pledge after Postmedia reported that former governor general Adrienne Clarkson had billed taxpayers for more than a million dollars since leaving the job in 2005.

Besides their pensions, former governors general get lifetime public funding for office and travel expenses through a policy that's existed since 1979.

Rideau Hall is defending the practice, but supporting Trudeau's plan to review it.

Conservative M-P Gerard Deltell is calling on Clarkson to publicly explain her expenses, but says it's premature to call for a cap on such expenses in future.