(Ottawa) The Conservatives raised significantly more money last year than the ruling Liberals as federal parties braced for the possibility of an early general election.
According to the most recent data provided to Elections Canada, the Conservative official opposition ended 2020 with a sharp increase in contributions in the last quarter, as did the Liberals, for that matter.
The Conservatives raised $ 7.7 million from around 46,000 donors between October and December, while the Liberal Party says it raised $ 6.5 million from some 48,000 donors during this last quarter of 2020.
Contributions to the Liberals nearly doubled in the fourth quarter from the third, making it its best quarter outside of an election year and its most lucrative fourth quarter on record – but not enough to make up for a less profitable 2020.
The Liberals raised about $ 15.1 million in 2020, compared to $ 20.7 million from the Conservatives, according to totals submitted to Elections Canada. 2020 was a year of leadership contention for the Tories, but parties of all stripes have also stepped up their lobbying efforts amid speculation of an early general election before the end of the year.
The New Democratic Party (NDP) claims to have raised $ 2.5 million in the last three months of 2020, which allowed it to finish paying off its 2019 election debt. The contributions of $ 2.5 million raised by the NDP to the last quarter represent more than 40% of the 6.1 million raised by the party during the whole of 2020.
The NDP maintains that it still has more than $ 1 million in its coffers after paying off all of its hefty $ 10 million debt incurred during the 2019 election campaign.
The Bloc Québécois raised more than $ 961,000 from a thousand donors between October and December, for a total of 1.6 million raised throughout 2020.
The last quarterly financial reports of federal parties for 2020 were due to be submitted to Elections Canada no later than 1er February.