NDP MPP Gilles Bisson spent a whopping $49,899 on travel and accommodation within his own riding alone. (QMI Agency file photo)
TORONTO — The annual expenses of Queen's Park members are in and the top spenders as usual are the northerners who have to journey the farthest to the Toronto legislative buildings.
NDP MPP Gilles Bisson of Timmins-James Bay spent $151,993 on travel and accommodations, including $65,409 to travel to and from Toronto and $49,899 within his riding.
Former NDP leader Howard Hampton, who represents Kenora-Rainy River, was second on the list with travel and accommodation expenses of $141,811 in 2010-11. That includes $61,550 in travel from the riding and $50,022 for travel within the riding.
The lowest spenders? That would be Liberal MPP Mike Colle of Eglinton-Lawrence and Liberal MPP Greg Sorbara of Vaughan, who didn't bill a dime for travel and accommodation expenses.
Members' expenses for their offices and support staff were also released.
Hampton spent the most, $296,767, including $248,812 for support staff.
Tory MPP Frank Klees of Newmarket-Aurora paid the most rent for a constituency office ($52,264).
If travel, accommodation and office budgets are combined, Bisson remains the biggest spender at $438,578 and Hampton stays in second place with $449,550.
Taxpayers spent a total of $31.1 million on MPP expenses.