Archive for July 4th, 2012

Party finances: Conservatives still rule but Libs, Greens show strong growth

- July 4th, 2012

Elections Canada has posted the financial returns for most federal parties at its Web site.

The NDP asked for and received an extension to file its financial returns after the July 3 deadline set for the 2011 financial statements.

But we do have enough info we can start looking at the numbers and seeing how parties did. The first thing we should note, of course, is that 2011 was an election year. Typically, all parties will have better fundraising numbers and donor numbers in an election year.

Dollar amount of all contributions:

  1. Conservative Party of Canada: $22,737,966
  2. Liberal Party of Canada: $10,119,908.62
  3. Green Party of Canada: $1,714,365.34
  4. Bloc Quebecois: $789,491.31

Total number of donors

  1. Conservative Party of Canada: 110,267
  2. Liberal Party of Canada: 49,650
  3. Green Party of Canada: 12,590
  4. Bloc Quebecois: 7,056

Average donation:

  1. Conservative Party of Canada: $206.21
  2. Liberal Party of Canada: $203.82
  3. Green Party of Canada: $136.17
  4. Bloc Quebecois: $111.89

Percentage increase in contributions (2010 vs 2011)

  1. Liberal Party of Canada: +58.1%
  2. Green Party of Canada: +32.7%
  3. Conservative Party of Canada: +30.6%
  4. Bloc Quebecois: + 23.0%

Percentage increase in number of donors (2010 vs 2011)

  1. Liberal Party of Canada: +53%
  2. Green Party of Canada: +40.5%
  3. Bloc Quebecois: +20.5%
  4. Conservative Party of Canada: +16.1%

In the wake of a minister’s resignation, some Bev Oda arcana

- July 4th, 2012

Bev Oda, the Minister for International Co-operation announced yesterday that, two weeks ago, she informed the prime minister of her intention to retire as an MP for the Ontario riding of Durham, effective July 31. A collection of related info… Read more…