Military family battles Harper government in Federal Court over moving losses

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OTTAWA - A military family that took a $77,000 loss selling their Edmonton-area home because of a forced transfer is challenging the Conservative government in Federal Court.

Maj. Marcus Brauer is protesting a federal Treasury Board decision which denied him full compensation for lost equity under a long-standing defence department policy.

Brauer's family has been forced to privately raise funds in order to cover the estimated $20,000 cost of keeping the court challenge alive.

News of the family's fight comes amid lingering questions about moving expenses claimed by the military's top brass.

The government has yet to explain why it paid nearly $40,000 to move a court-martialled and disgraced former brigadier-general to the United Arab Emirates.

The Harper Conservatives also remained silent after two days of political attacks on former lieutenant-general and star Liberal candidate Andrew Leslie's $72,000 moving bill.

Organizations: Federal Court, Treasury Board, Harper Conservatives

Geographic location: OTTAWA, Edmonton, United Arab Emirates

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