Canadians open their wallets to big parties before the federal election; conservatives, liberals and greens created new records in the fourth quarter of 2018 to raise funds outside the election year.
According to the quarterly fundraising report, which was published on the Canada Selection website, the Conservatives received $ 7,343,817 out of 49,260 personal contributions in the last three months of 2018. This makes it the best fourth quarter in the history of the party and its best quarter outside the election.
This gave conservatives to the liberals, who in the fourth quarter received $ 6,361,562 from more than 45,000 contributions, according to data provided by CBC News. With the exception of the third and fourth quarters of 2015 – when the country was in the midst of the elections that led to a liberal majority – they are the best figures the party published in each quarter.
This also represents a narrowing of the gap between the two sides. Conservatives defeated the liberals by nearly $ 3 million in each of the first two quarters of the year.
This early advantage gives the Conservatives a substantial total margin for the campaign in 2019. The conservatives received $ 24.3 million over the year, compared to $ 16.5 million against the Liberals.
This is a broader lead than the conservatives have entered the last federal election. In 2014, the Conservatives received $ 20.1 million, and $ 15.7 million of the Liberals, which is a margin of more than $ 4 million. This gap is now almost twice as wide.
New Democrats continued to watch their opponents, raising $ 1,974,257 out of 18,637 contributors. This is the worst result of the party since 2011. However, it is only slightly behind the fourth quarter results in 2016 and 2017, when the NDP gained just over $ 2 million.
It puts the NDP figure at $ 5.1 million a year – better than 2017, but still below its numbers to raise funds from 2011 to 2016. The government until the election year 2015, when the NDP still constituted the official opposition, the party raised 9, $ 5 million.
Green, Blok is growing more than in 2014
The Green Party set up its new own records and raised $ 1,470,287 in 11,608 contributions. These figures represent the best fourth quarter of the party, which took place only in the third quarter of 2015 when the federal elections were in full swing.
The total amount of funding for the year is $ 3 million for the Greens, which is the best election year for funding. The party also managed to get $ 3 million, which it raised in 2014.
Bloc Québécois won $ 374,201 down from the fourth quarter of 2017, when the party earned just over $ 401,000. However, these two quarters are best for block entry.
The party says its fundraising has increased significantly in December after Yves-François Blanchet, who was awarded a leader this month, threw a hat into the leadership at the end of November.
The quarter will put the block at $ 542,000 a year, which is the lowest since 2014. However, with only $ 424,000 in this year, it suggests that the Bloc has a better financial situation than if it had last been elected.
Maxime Bernier defeated his funding in the fourth quarter in three days
As a new political formation, the party of the people under Maxim Bernier is obliged to pay only one-year revenues, not a quarterly one. But a PPC spokesman says the party earned $ 318,000 in the last three months of 2018, roughly in line with the party's scholarship in the third quarter.
PPC was officially registered with election Canada at the beginning of this month, so contributors last year were not eligible for tax relief. But the party says that once it was registered, it has earned more than $ 300,000 in contributions for just three days.