MPs put their names on $8.9B worth of cheques in 2013

The House of Commons.(REUTERS files/Chris Wattie)

The House of Commons.(REUTERS files/Chris Wattie)

David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 3:46 PM ET

OTTAWA — Conservative Blaine Calkins won the honours Monday as the MP to make the first government cheque presentation of 2014.

Calkins was providing some First Nations communities in his riding of Wetaskiwin, between Red Deer and Edmonton, with $2.9 million for various crime prevention projects.

If 2014 is like any other year, Calkin's announcement will be just the first of several hundred cheque presentations made by Conservative MP before we say hello to 2015.

In 2013, there were 1,770 cheque presentations, all of them by government MPs and none of them by MPs from other parties, and when you add up the value of all those cheques it totalled $8.9 billion.

Now that last figure, of course, is just a drop in the bucket of approximately $280 billion Ottawa will spend in the current fiscal year.


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