With the auditor general releasing a report into the expenses of members of Parliament and Senators, Global News decided to take a closer look at how Parliamentarians spend their money.
The members of the House of Commons spent over $63 million on offices, travel, accommodation, staff salaries and other such expenses in the fiscal year 2010-2011, according to the latest data available from Parliament.
For most MPs, the largest expense tends to be staff costs. Travel to and from their home ridings tends to also be significant expenses, particularly for MPs who live in rural areas or far from Ottawa.
You can explore member of Parliament expenses in the interactive charts below.
The first chart allows you to look up a specific member of Parliament and see how they spend their office budgets. You can sort the second chart to see the top spenders in various categories.
All data for these charts comes from the Parliament of Canada Member’s Expenditures Reports. For details on how expenses are calculated, visit the Parliament of Canada web site.
Please note that because this data covers the time period from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011, before the May 2011 general election, it will include several MPs who are no longer sitting, and it will not include newly-elected MPs.Click here to view data »