Canadians open their wallets to major parties before federal elections; Conservatives, Liberals and Greens set new records in the fourth quarter of 2018 to raise funds outside the election year.
According to the quarterly revenue for fund raising published on the Canada Election Website, Conservatives collected $ 7.343,817 in the last three months of 2018 of 49,260 individual contributions. It makes it the best fourth quarter in the party's history and the best quarter out of the election.
It put the conservatives ahead of the Liberals, which raised $ 6,361,562 in the fourth quarter of over 45,000 contributions, according to numbers sent to the PS News. With the exception of the third and fourth quarters of 2015 – when the country was in the middle of the election that resulted in a liberal majority – these are the best figures the party has announced in any quarter.
It also represents a narrowing of the gap between the two sides. Conservatives defeated Liberals by nearly $ 3 million in each of the first two quarters of the year.
But this premature advantage gives conservatives a significant overall progress in the campaign in 2019. The Conservatives collected $ 24.3 million over the year, compared to $ 16.5 million for liberals.
This is a wider lead than the conservatives who were in the last federal election. In 2014, the conservatives collected $ 20.1 million and the Liberals $ 15.7 million, a margin of over $ 4 million. This gap is now almost twice as wider.
The new Democrats continued to follow their rivals, collecting $ 1,974,257 from 18,637 participants. That is the fourth-quarter party's fourth quarter results. However, it is only marginally behind the results of the fourth quarter of 2016 and 2017, in which the NDP attracted only over 2 million dollars.
It put the NRP figure at $ 5.1 million for the year – better than 2017, but still below its fund raising numbers from 2011 to 2016. Exceeding the year for the 2015 elections, when the NDP still formed the official opposition, the party raised $ 9.5 million.
Greens, the bloc has grown more than in 2014
The Green Party set a new record, raising $ 1,470,287 from 11,608 contributions. This figure represents the best quarter of the party, lagging behind the party's performance in the third quarter of 2015, when the federal election was in full swing.
The total fund-raising for the year is $ 3.1 million for the Greens, making it the best non-election year for the fundraising party. She also puts the party just over 3 million dollars to boost in 2014.
Quebecks' bail has yielded $ 374,201, down from the fourth quarter of 2017, when the party raised just over $ 401,000. However, these two quarters are best for the record block.
The party says its fund raising has increased significantly in December, after Yves Francois Blanche, who was named leader earlier this month, threw a leadership hub at the end of November.
The fourth quarter puts the bloc at $ 542,000 this year – the lowest deficit since 2014. But with just $ 424,000 that year that year, he suggests that the bloc is in a better financial position than it was the last time it was heading for elections.
Maxim Bernier beat his funding in the fourth quarter in 3 days
As a new political formation, the People's Party under Maxim Bernie is only required to submit annual financial returns instead of quarterly. But a spokesman for the PPC says the party raised $ 318,000 over the last three months of 2018, roughly in line with the party's fundraising in the third quarter.
PPC was officially registered only with Canada's election earlier this month, so contributors were not eligible for tax credits last year. But the party says that after it has been registered, it has received more than $ 300,000 in contributions for a period of just three days.