Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey topped area MPPs in office expenses last year

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Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey said he doesn’t know how he managed to spend almost 40 per cent more than the average of 10 London-area MPPs on office operations last year. “I couldn’t tell you, to be honest,” the Progressive Conservative MPP said of how he outspent his fellow Southwestern Ontario MPPs.

Bailey spent nearly $59,000 on office operations in the 2016-17 fiscal year. Three area MPPs spent less than half that and only one other area MPP spent more than $40,000 in that category.

The office expenses category — one of 11 recorded in an annual report of MPP spending posted June 30 — includes spending on travel, office supplies, advertising and ­professional services such as couriers and community events.

“I don’t know. I couldn’t tell you,” said Bailey about spending on community events and other costs. “Maybe we do more of that than other people.”

Despite spending the most on office operations, Bailey was ninth in total spending. Chatham-Kent-Essex Progressive Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls spent the least in 2016-17.

Bailey’s spending of nearly $141,000 on staff salaries was the lowest of area MPPs and 26 per cent less than the average.

Area MPPs spent almost $350,000 on travel and Toronto accommodation in the last fiscal year and more than $3 million in total. Average spending for London-area MPPs was $300,595.  

Area MPPs’ spending 2016-17

Rick Nicholls, PC–Chatham-Kent-Essex: $267,990

Bob Bailey, PC–Sarnia-Lambton: $287,211

Randy Pettapiece , PC–Perth-Wellington: $288,468

Jeff Yurek, PC–Elgin-Middlesex-London: $289,389

Deb Matthews, L–London North Centre: $295,805

Ernie Hardeman, PC–Oxford: $304,034

Teresa Armstrong, NDP–London-Fanshawe: $305,926

Peggy Sattler, NDP–London West: $312,712

Lisa Thompson, PC–Huron-Bruce: $323,870

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