Of the 11 Members of Parliament south of the Fraser and in the Fraser Valley from Delta to Hope, John Aldag in Cloverdale-Langley City had the highest total expenses for the last fiscal year.
Aldag spent $495,833, leading the way for Liberal MPs who were six of the top seven highest spenders in the area.
Chilliwack-Hope’s Mark Strahl had the second highest total expenses for the last fiscal year at $488,219.
Eighth was Langley-Aldergrove Conservative Mark Warawa at $448,870 followed by fellow Tory Dianne Watts in South Surrey-White Rock who spent $448,032.
Tenth on the list was Liberal Dan Ruimy in Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge, while the award for the thriftiest MP in the region goes to Conservative Abbotsford MP Ed Fast at $420,369.
Federal politicians spent more than $141 million in the last fiscal year and the detailed numbers for each Member of Parliament (MP) break down in very different ways, according to the Members’ Expenditures Report recently posted on the House of Commons website.
The average of all 338 MPs was $417,160. The average Tory spent $435,229 with the average Liberal across Canada — bucking the B.C. trend — spending just $405,152.
The top spending MP in Ottawa was Alberta Conservative MP David Yurdiga ($567,464) followed by Manitoba NDP MP Niki Ashton ($551,275), and third was Labrador Liberal MP Yvonne Jones ($549,984).
Of Strahl’s costs, he spent more than any other MP of the 11 on everyone’s costliest line item: employees’ salaries at $275,881. (Liberal Jati Sidhu in Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon spent almost the same, $274,868.)