And predictably, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation takes umbrage:
CTV News has learned that the federal parties order approximately 180 meals a day, four days a week when Parliament is sitting.
Based on a catering price list that pegs the cost of Monday's fish dish at just under $20, the Parliamentary kitchen is serving some 20,160 meals a year for a total tab to taxpayers of $382,000.
John Willliamson of the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation finds those figures very hard to swallow.
"This is another outrageous example of MPs fleecing the public for something they should be paying out of their pockets," he said.
When CTV asked the MPs who was paying for their lunch, many had no idea. Of those who ventured a guess, most thought their parties paid.
If they were to pay, it could cost a little more. When CTV went to the Parliament Hill and ordered Monday's fish meal, for example, the bill came to $31.
This sort of story makes lets us all huff and puff about politicians sticking their snouts in the trough, but the cost of these small perquisites is miniscule compared to the genuine waste of taxpayers money in the ordinary course of government business.
But few of us deal with multi-billion dollar budgets every day. Everybody buys lunch. That's why stories about petty perks attract more outrage at times than those about wholesale mismanagement.