Thursday, December 9, 2010

Patrick Brown among top 5% in spending for 2009-2010

For anyone who is interested, here are Barrie MP Patrick Brown's expenses for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010.

In brackets, I've shown where Brown's spending in each category ranks among the other 300+ MPs in Ottawa.

CategoryMember's BudgetResources Provided by the HouseTotal
1-Employees' salaries and service contracts$200,346.22$0.00$200,346.22 (236th)
2-Travel
Member, designated traveller and dependants$8,445.79$70,294.46$78,740.25 (134th)
Employees$2,215.44$3,405.69$5,621.13 (214th)
Member's accommodation and per diem expenses$25,468.00$0.00$25,468.00 (1st) (89 MPs tied)
3-Hospitality and events$9,874.13$0.00$9,874.13 (3rd)
4-Advertising$26,854.73$0.00$26,854.73 (56th)
5-Printing
Householders$0.00$20,058.68$20,058.68 (60th)
Ten percenters$0.00$115,472.17$115,472.17 (2nd)
Stationery and printing-related expenses$3,821.25$0.00$3,821.25 (58th)
6-Offices
Constituency office leases, insurance and utilities$31,074.14$0.00$31,074.14 (93rd)
Furniture, furnishing and equipment purchases$628.99$3,372.00$4,000.99 (43rd)
Equipment rentals$4,334.26$0.00$4,334.26 (45th)
Informatics and telecommunication equipment purchases$941.56$3,101.53$4,043.09 (179th)
Telecommunication services$7,667.67$19,032.27$26,699.94 (11th)
Repairs and maintenance$496.80$56.97$553.77 (196th)
Postage and courier services$7,167.33$0.00$7,167.33 (14th)
Materials and supplies$8,135.61$6,342.56$14,478.17 (50th)
Training$0.00$0.00$0.00 (55th)
Total$337,471.92$241,136.33$578,608.25 (13th)
Source: www2.parl.gc.ca

As you can see, Patrick Brown's spending in a number of categories (Printing ten percenter flyers, Hospitality and events, Telecommunications services, Postage and sourier services) puts him in the top 5% of high-spending MPs.

If you've had a chance to look at MP expense reports from years past, you will notice that the 2009-2010 figures are broken down into more categories, providing additional detail. I've totalled the 2009-2010 figures under the headings used in previous year's reports so that you can compare Patrick Brown's 2009-2010 spending with prior years:

MEMBER'S OFFICE BUDGET2009-20102008-20092007-20082006-2007
STAFF AND OTHER EXPENSES$243,413.82$225,615.00$233,679.00$228,107.00
TRAVEL$10,661.23$10,155.00$9,550.00$8,212.00
ADVERTISING$26,854.73$29,123.00$22,460.00$22,099.00
OFFICE LEASE$31,074.14$28,799.00$26,219.00$25,049.00
GOODS AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE HOUSE2009-20102008-20092007-20082006-2007
TRAVEL$99,168.15$88,789.00$93,927.00$94,210.00
TELEPHONE$19,032.27$23,685.00$19,595.00$16,783.00
PRINTING$135,530.85$79,195.00$79,538.00$80,010.00
OFFICE SUPPLIES$6,342.56$7,952.00$4,702.00$10,752.00
CONSTITUENCY OFFICE FURNITURE & EQUIPMENT IMPROVEMENT FUND + OTHER$6,530.50$6,453.00$6,563.00$6,291.00
TOTAL$578,608.25$499,766.00$496,233.00$491,513.00
Sources:
2008-2009: www.parl.gc.ca (PDF)
2007-2008: www.parl.gc.ca (PDF)
2006-2007: www.parl.gc.ca (PDF)

The following charts show spending in each of these categories by Patrick Brown (in blue) and his predecessor as Barrie's MP (in red) for the fiscal years 2000-2001 through 2009-2010:

Staff and Other Expenses


Travel (Member's Office Budget)


 Office Lease
Travel (Good and Resources Provided by the House)
Telephone

Printing

Office Supplies


Constituency Office Furniture & Equipment Improvement Fund


Other

Sources:
2005-2006: www.parl.gc.ca (PDF)
2004-2005: www.parl.gc.ca (PDF)
2003-2004: www.parl.gc.ca (PDF)
2002-2003: www.parl.gc.ca (PDF)
2001-2002: www.parl.gc.ca (PDF)
2000-2001: www.parl.gc.ca (PDF)

Even as Patrick Brown's spending has increased by 16% and his government is running the largest deficit in Canadian history, the Barrie MP still finds time to wag his finger at his constituents for their personal spending:


@pastor_jaydavis @askmcc is very correct in preaching for Barrie families to control personal debt levels. Well said Jay !

Source: http://twitter.com/brownbarrie

2 comments:

  1. well and in terms of what he has done...mainly takes credit for things done by others on our dime with endless self promotion year round

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