Chilliwack-Hope MP Strahl among the region’s top spenders

Comparison of last year’s expenditures for the 11 MPs from Delta to Hope

Of the 11 Members of Parliament south of the Fraser and in the Fraser Valley from Delta to Hope, Chilliwack-Hope’s Mark Strahl had the second highest total expenses for the last fiscal year at $488,219.

(See below for chart of all 11 MPs numbers.)

Only John Aldag in Cloverdale-Langley City was higher at $495,833 leading the way for Liberal MPs who were six of the top seven highest spenders in the area.

Eighth was Langley-Aldergrove Conservative Mark Warawa at $448,870 followed by fellow Tory Dianne Watts in South Surrey-White Rock who spent $448,032.

Tenth on the list was Liberal Dan Ruimy in Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge, while the award for the thriftiest MP in the region goes to Conservative Abbotsford MP Ed Fast at $420,369.

Federal politicians spent more than $141 million in the last fiscal year and the detailed numbers for each Member of Parliament (MP) break down in very different ways, according to the Members’ Expenditures Report recently posted on the House of Commons website.

The average of all 338 MPs was $417,160. The average Tory spent $435,229 with the average Liberal across Canada — bucking the B.C. trend — spending just $405,152.

The top spending MP in Ottawa was Alberta Conservative MP David Yurdiga ($567,464) followed by Manitoba NDP MP Niki Ashton ($551,275), and third was Labrador Liberal MP Yvonne Jones ($549,984).

Of Strahl’s costs, he spent more than any other MP of the 11 on everyone’s costliest line item: employees’ salaries at $275,881. (Liberal Jati Sidhu in Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon spent almost the same, $274,868.)

For his part, Strahl said his staff costs were elevated last year due to a couple of factors, first and foremost was that there was some overlap when he had one staffer training another prior to her departure for law school.

Strahl said the House of Commons has no set pay structure for staff, other than a maximum allowable salary, which none of his staff receive.

“That said, they are very experienced and very capable and serve me and my constituents very well,” he said via email. “I believe they are fairly compensated and I am constantly told that I have exceptional staff by people and organizations who deal with my office on a regular basis. My staff are salaried, and in addition to their regular hours, they are often expected to work on evenings and weekends, and often work extended hours as required, especially when the House is sitting.”

Strahl has four full-time staff, two in Ottawa and two in Chilliwack. He added that some offices choose to go with less staff, or part-time, which is their choice but he thinks his arrangement is best for Chilliwack-Hope constituents.

As for his overall costs, he has a larger budget due to his geographically larger constituency.

“I am also expected to travel across the country as a member of the Shadow Cabinet,” he said. “As a percentage of my maximum allowable budget, my expenditures are in line with my colleagues from across the lower mainland region.”

Strahl spent $65,573 on travel last year; $33,618 on constituency office leases, insurance and utilities; $21,276 on his secondary residence; $11,669 on householders; $10,533 on advertising; and $478 on gifts.

Member Party Constituency Total expenses

John Aldag Liberal Cloverdale-Langley City $495,833

Mark Strahl Conservative Chilliwack-Hope $488,219

Jati Sidhu Liberal Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon $485,684

Sukh Dhaliwal Liberal Surrey-Newton $483,173

Randeep Sarai Liberal Surrey Centre $477,073

Carla Qualtrough Liberal Delta $461,734

Ken Hardie Liberal Fleetwood-Port Kells $456,264

Mark Warawa Conservative Langley-Aldergrove $448,870

Dianne Watts Conservative South Surrey-White Rock $448,032

Average of all Conservative MPs $435,229

Dan Ruimy Liberal Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge $430,230

Ed Fast Conservative Abbotsford $420,369

Average of all Liberal MPs $405,152

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

UPDATE: Sto:lo protest in support of Wet’suwet’en shuts down busiest intersection in Chilliwack

Protesters escorted by RCMP in organized event that included speeches and songs at Luckakuck/Vedder

Vocal groups come together for intimate concert in Chilliwack

Belle Voci and the Chilliwack Children’s and Youth Choir will be performing at St John’s Anglican

Seven Days in Chilliwack

A list of community events happening in Chilliwack from Feb. 17 to 23

PHOTOS: Looking back at 2010 Olympics with top 10 images captured by Chilliwack photojournalist

Progress photographer, Jenna Hauck, shares some of her most memorable images of 2010 Winter Games

PHOTOS: Spirit of the People Powwow underway now in Chilliwack

Thousands of people have gathered this weekend to take part in the powwow open to the public

VIDEO: Ottawa wants quick, peaceful resolution to pipeline protests, Trudeau says

The protests have manifested themselves as blockades on different rail lines across the country

New highway proposed between Alberta and B.C.

The route would connect Red Deer to Kamloops

Wet’suwet’en and B.C. government have been talking Aboriginal title for a year

Coastal GasLink says it has agreements with all 20 elected First Nations councils along the 670-kilometre route

Trudeau tightlipped on plan to end protests ‘quickly and peacefully’

The prime minister, who cancelled a two-day trip to Barbados this week to deal with the crisis at home

B.C. budget expected to stay the course as economic growth moderates

Finance minister said ICBC costs have affected budget

Canadian standards for coronavirus protection to be reviewed, health agency says

The protocols set out how health workers should protect themselves and their patients

Monday marks one-year anniversary of man missing from Langley

42-year-old B.C. man, Searl Smith, was last seen leaving Langley Memorial Hospital on Feb. 17, 2019

BC Ferries sailings filling up Family Day Monday

More than 20 sailings added between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen for long weekend

Most Read