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MP spending on office furniture, supplies, and repairs soars in 2015-16

By Tim Naumetz      

Members' overall expenditures down from previous year, possibly due to spending limitations during longer-than-usual election period.

A spokesperson for the Speaker of the House of Commons Geoff Regan (pictured) was unable to fully explain the sharp increase in riding office expenditures, but attributed it in part to the addition of 30 new House of Commons seats due to electoral redistribution. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Members of Parliament spent a total of almost $6.3-million on new furniture, office equipment, communications equipment, and repairs and maintenance for their constituency offices from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 — a 172 per cent increase over the amount they spent on the same items in the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which sat at about $2.3-million for the same categories. The spending, which included almost $1.5 million spent by MPs on repairs and maintenance for their offices,

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