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MPs' Hospitality Expenses Include Denny's, 'Twinkles The Clown'

06/24/2015 04:52 EDT | Updated 06/24/2015 05:59 EDT

The House of Commons' latest report on MPs' hospitality expenses includes meals at steakhouses, a clown and a whole lot of Tim Hortons (314 purchases, to be exact), among many other things.

The Detailed Hospitality Expenditures Report, released June 18, lists hospitality expenses for "food, beverages, catering and service, equipment rentals and/or live entertainment for meetings, non-partisan events and other functions" hosted by an MP. It also includes the location of the event, its purpose and the number of guests.

The document — which is 640 pages long and includes claims from July 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 — breaks down $1,082,937.64 in expenses.

Here are some strange and/or awesome expense claims:

Olive Garden

olive garden

Who: Rod Bruinooge, MP for Winnipeg South

Cost: $64.14

Where: Winnipeg

Guests: 1

Type of event: Hosting a meeting

Purpose of event: To discuss constituency issues with stakeholders

Mac's Convenience Store

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Who: Cheryl Gallant, MP for Renfrew — Nipissing — Pembroke

Cost: $3.55, $10.50, $0.45

Where: Pembroke, Ont.

Guests: 0

Type of event: Hosting a meeting

Purpose of event: To meet visitors of Member’s office

"KFC/Taco"

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Who: Kevin Lamoureux, MP for Winnipeg North

Cost: $67.83

Where: Winnipeg

Guests: 5

Type of event: Hosting a reception or open house

Purpose of event: To exchange with dignitaries

The Fireside Bistro

fireside bistro

Who: Andrew Scheer, MP for Regina—Qu'Appelle

Cost: $654.72

Where: Regina

Guests: 6

Type of event: Hosting a reception or open house

Purpose of event: To meet constituents

Twinkles The Clown

twinkles the clown

Who: Twinkles has been hired by no fewer than three MPs for different events: Bob Dechert (Mississauga—Erindale), Bernard Trottier (Etobicoke—Lakeshore) and Brad Butt (Mississauga—Streetsville)

Cost: $600 total ($200 for each MP)

Where: Etobicoke, Mississauga

Guests: 300 (Dechert and Trottier), 500

Type of event: Hosting a town hall or community event

Purpose of event: To meet constituents

Harbour Sixty Steakhouse

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Who: Lisa Raitt, MP for Halton

Cost: $763.02

Where: Toronto

Guests: 6

Type of event: Hosting a staff event

Purpose of event: To plan Member's priorities and activities

Impromptu: Disco Fever

(A fundraiser for a Coquitlam arts centre billed as "one part gala, two parts theatrical extravaganza")

disco ball

Who: Fin Donnelly, MP for New Westminster—Coquitlam

Cost: $83.79

Where: Port Moody

Guests: 0

Type of event: Attend a gala, reception or ceremony

Purpose of event: To celebrate a significant event

Cock & Bull Cappuccino Bar

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Who: Alex Atamanenko, MP for British Columbia Southern Interior

Cost: $258.10

Where: Castlegar

Guests: 2

Type of event: Hosting a meeting

Purpose of event: To meet constituents

Denny's

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Who: Richard Harris, MP for Cariboo—Prince George

Cost: $26.46

Where: Kelowna

Guests: 1

Type of event: Hosting a meeting

Purpose of event:To meet constituents


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