Since 2010, the Senate has published online quarterly financial reports. Though vague, they provide a useful tool for Canadians trying to keep track of our hard-earned tax dollars. These reports list all the expenses associated with Staff & Office, Hospitality, Living in Ottawa, Regular Travel and Other Travel. This of course does not include salaries or pensions.
Here is the Top Ten Big Spenders list for December 2011 – November 2012:
1. Gerry St. Germain (C) – $378,292.61 (-)
2. Pamela Wallin (C) – $369,593.62 (↑2)
3. Nick Sibbeston (L) – $358,440.81 (-)
4. Terry Mercer (L) – $343,603.39 (↓2)
5. James Cowan (L) – $338,225.37 (-)
6. Robert Peterson (L) – $320,234.66 (↑2)
7. Bert Brown (C) – $300,083.90 (-)
8. Michael Duffy (C) – $298,310.15 (↑1)
9. Pana Merchant (L) – $296, 753.29 (↑2)
20. Elaine McCoy (PC) – $292,202.45 (-)
Gerry St. Germain tops the list again; however, this will be last time on the top ten because he retired in November. Sir, your spending habits won’t be missed!
There has been little movement since the last total. What may be surprising to partisans is that the egregious spending in both political parties continues to remain about equal. Both the Liberals and the Conservatives have a taste for taxpayers’ dollars.
The overall trend has seen spending decline $73,614.23 from last quarter, which is a positive sign. Let’s hope this trend continues into the new year.