Spending by Canada's Members of Parliament has increased by about $2.3 million from the year prior, up to $123.6 million for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.
With all of last year's 308 MP's listed in the report, the average MP spent about $401,000. The expenditure report includes all spending and is presented in six categories including employees' salaries and service contracts, travel, hospitality and events, advertising, printing and office expenses.
Local MP Robert Sopuck's spending came in at about $460,000, slightly over the MP average.
Coming in atop the highest MP expenses were Winnipeg Conservative Steven Fletcher at just over $612,000 (although a CBC report indicates his expenses are inflated by about $260,000 in costs to accomodate his special needs), NDP Outrement MP Tom Mulcair at about $551,000 and Wild Rose Conservative Blake Richards at $547,510.
The lowest MP expense was Bloc Quebecois MP Claude Patry's total of about $270,000.
Party Leaders spending included Conservative Stephen Harper at about $285,000 (although he also has a separate budget as Prime Minister), the Liberal's Bob Rae spent about $465,500, Green Party's Elizabeth May's expenses totalled just over $407,000 and Justin Trudeau spent about $387,000.