SURREY — How much did Surrey's four Members of Parliament spend in one year?
According to the federal Members' Expenditures Report, covering April 1, 2012 through to March 31 of this year, the four federal politicians spent $1,771,116.50 all together on things such as travel, employees' salaries and other office expenses.Russ Hiebert (South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale) spent the most.Broken down along party lines, the Conservatives spent $913,778.58 and the NDP, $857,337.94.
Individually, Conservative MPs Nina Grewal (Fleetwood-Port Kells) recorded $446,638.01 in expenses and Hiebert, $467,140.50.New Democrat MP Jasbir Sandhu (Surrey North) recorded $412,767.71 in expenses and Jinny Sims (Newton-North Delta) spent $444,570.23.
The expenditures reports are based on receipts provided and approved by the MPs.Hiebert spent the most on householders - or newsletters to constituents - and political flyers known as "ten percenters" ($23,918.75), followed by Sandhu ($11,934.77), Grewal ($8,407.84) and Sims ($8,287).Hiebert also spent the most on hospitality and events ($7,604), followed by Sims ($3,026.26), Sandhu ($2,525.70) and Grewal ($2,286.46).
Hiebert also spent the most on travel for his dependants ($16,487.36) followed by Sandhu ($2,261,97).
Neither Sims nor Grewal recorded travel expenses for dependents.Sims spent the most on her own travel - $101,668.45 - followed by Grewal ($64,702.62), Hiebert ($62,431.11) and Sandhu ($61,043.03).Under the "Designated Traveller" category - which refers to someone other than the MPs' employees or another MP - neither Sandhu nor Sims recorded any expenses. In this category Hiebert spent $13,761.53 and Grewal, $32,710.05 - more than half of what she expensed for her own travel.
The Now tried to contact Grewal to find out who her "designated traveller" was, and where that person went, but the MP didn't return phone calls.During the 2010-2011 fiscal year, Grewal was the third highest spender of all B.C. MPs, spending $543,563.53.In the 2008-2009 fiscal year, Hiebert was the biggest-spending MP in B.C. and the second highest spender in all of Canada, recording $637,093 in expenses when the national average was roughly $200,000.
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