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FORSETH – Who spent what among B.C.’s Members of the Legislature


THERE WAS LOTS to digest in the latest Accountability and Expense Reports for individual MLA’s, their offices, and more — for the period of April 1 to Sept. 30, 2019.

I did a deep dive over the weekend, looking at several areas of compensation and expenses, the results of which you may find interesting.

MLA’s with the 5 smallest ridings:

Sam Sullivan (Housing Critic) – Van False Creek

Constituency size … 6 square kilometres

Total number of registered voters:  44,878

Total Travel expenses … $14,094

Basic salary:  $55,240

Total constituency office founded expenses … $64,929

TOTAL: $134,263 ($2.99 / constituent)

Linda Reid (Critic for Seniors Care) – Richmond South Centre

Constituency size: 7 square kilometres

Total number of registered voters: 30,794

Total travel expenses … $24,690

Basic salary:  $55,240

Total constituency office founded expenses … $54,241

TOTAL: $134,171 ($4.35 / constituent)

Adrian Dix (Health Minister) – Vancouver Kingsway

Constituency size: 9 square kilometres

Total number of registered voters: 37,820

Total travel expenses … $22,003

Basic salary:  $55,240

Total constituency office founded expenses … $53,376

TOTAL: $133,619 ($3.45 / constituent)

Mabel Elmore (Parliamentary Sec for Poverty Reduction) – Van Kensington

Constituency size: 9 square kilometres

Total number of registered voters: 38,411

Total travel expenses … $15,210

Basic salary:  $55,240

Total constituency office founded expenses … $70,509

TOTAL: $140,959 ($3.67 / constituent)

George Heyman (Enviro / Climate Change Minister) – Vancouver Fairview

Constituency size: 9 square kilometres

Total number of registered voters: 44,736

Total travel expenses … $33,948

Basic salary:  $55,240

Total constituency office founded expenses … $52,996

TOTAL: $142,184 ($3.18 / constituent)

MLA’s with the 3 largest ridings:

Doug Donaldson (Forestry Minister) – Stikine

Constituency size: 196,484 square kilometres

Total number of registered voters: 13,906

Total travel expenses … $63,177

Basic salary:  $55,240

Total constituency office founded expenses … $65,141

TOTAL: $183,558 ($13.20 / constituent)

Dan Davies (Education Critic) – Peace River North

Constituency size: 175,183 square kilometres

Total number of registered voters: 25,292

Total travel expenses … $36,432

Basic salary:  $55,240

Total constituency office founded expenses … $63,039

TOTAL: $154,711 ($6.11 / constituent)

Jennifer Rice (Parliamentary Sec for Emergency Preparedness) – North Coast

Constituency size: 143,864 square kilometres

Total number of registered voters: 14,871

Total travel expenses … $38,571

Basic salary:  $55,240

Total constituency office founded expenses … $83,739

TOTAL: $177,550 ($11.94 / constituent)

MLA’s with the Highest Travel Expenses:

Doug Donaldson at $63,177 … Forestry Minister

The Stikine riding is the provinces largest at 196,484 sq. km. It is located in the BC Northwest, and borders the Yukon Territory 

John Rustad at $53,966 … Forestry critic

The Nechako riding is the 4th largest in the province at 73,797 sq. km. It is located in the North Central Interior

Katrine Conroy at $48,600 … Minister of Children and Family Development

Her Kootenay West riding may only be 32,968 sq. km, however it includes numerous large lakes, needing ferry transportation, which is provided by BC Ferries

Jennifer Rice at $38,571 … Parliamentary Sec for Emergency Preparedness

While this is the 3rd largest provincial riding at 143,864 sq. km, it is and also one of the most difficult to travel. It includes the communities of Bella Coola, Prince Rupert, and Bella Bella … along with all of Haida Gwaii

Scott Fraser at $38,399 … Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

The riding of Mid-Island / Pacific Rim is 41,860 sq. km; however, it takes in the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, and the communities of Tofino, Bamfield, and Ucluelet. It includes Port Alberni mid-island, and then stretches across to the islands east coast.

Highest Office Administration Expenses

Mabel Elmore (NDP) … $68,026

Doug Routley (NDP) … 64,944

Ralph Sultan (Liberal) … 64,297

Sonia Furstenau (Green) … $62,940

Bob D’Eith (NDP) … 62,413

MLAs with the highest Communications and Advertising Budgets

Ellis Ross (Liberal) … $29,379

John Martin (Liberal) … $22,854

Jennifer Rice (NDP) … $21,568

Bruce Ralston (NDP) … $21,134

Michelle Stillwell (Liberal) … $20,327

MLAs with the lowest Communications and Advertising Budgets

Sonia Furstenau (Green) … $150

Ralph Sultan (Liberal) … $413

David Eby (NDP) … $ 426

Andrew Weaver (Green) … $549

Mabel Elmore (NDP) … $692

Highest ‘Other’ Office Expenses:
Sam Sullivan (Liberal) … $10,081

Bruce Ralston (NDP) … $8,438

Greg Kylo (Liberal) … $8,344

Jane Thornthwaite (Liberal) … $6,456

Rob Fleming (NDP) … $5,685 

Lowest ‘Other’ Office Expenses:

George Chow (NDP) … $0

Mike Farnworth (NDP) … $0

Teresa Wat (Liberal) … $0

Andrew Weaver (Green) … $0

NOTES OF INTEREST:

BC Liberal MLA Donna Barnett’s riding of Cariboo Chilcotin covers 44,512 km and has constituency office expenses of $56,595.  Harry Bain’s however, in his 12 sq. kilometre lower mainland Surrey Newton riding, has office expenses of $66,594. His total travel expenses are $18,627, compared to Donna Barnett at $28,759).

Premier John Horgan has constituency office expenses of $70,628, and total travel expenses of $30,528. Meantime, Opposition leader Andrew Wilkinson has constituency office expenses of $62,563 and total travel expenses of $17,546

The BC Liberals Bruce Ralston took honours for the Highest Special Events and Protocol spending at $7,976 … the lowest for this category was BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver with $0

For More Information:
Basic MLA Salary, Executive Salaries, and Additional Salaries

MLA Travel Expenses

Constituency Office Funded Expenses

BC Legislature Executive Staff Compensation Summary

MLAs Guide to Policy and Resources (Renumeration and Transition)

Alan Forseth is a Kamloops resident and former member of the Reform Party of Canada and the B.C. Reform Party, and a past and current member of the BC Conservative Party. His blog is My Thoughts on Politics and More.

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2 Comments on FORSETH – Who spent what among B.C.’s Members of the Legislature

  1. Don’t look too bad Alan, but if you need to “vent” I am here to hear it.

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