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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:18 am    Post subject: Conservatives fundraised more than liberals in 2017 Reply with quote

( the cpc raised more than the liberals in 2017 , although not a big enough lead to provide for much of an advantage during an actual campaign )


Conservatives out-fundraised Liberals in 2017

By Kyle Duggan. Published on Jan 31, 2018 8:18am

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer talks with media in Ottawa on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. iPolitics/Matthew Usherwood

The Conservatives out-fundraised the governing Liberals in all four quarters this past year.

Fourth quarter 2017 was the Conservative’s best fundraising period since the 2015 election, with the party pulling in $5.8 million. The Liberals meanwhile raised $5.1 million, according to the latest data submitted to Elections Canada published Tuesday night.

The Tories edged the Liberals out just narrowly — by $719,731 — in the fight for fundraising supremacy for the final quarter of 2017.

The NDP meanwhile continued its post-election fundraising slump, lagging far behind the two main parties. The party managed to pull in just $2.04 million. But, on the bright side for NDPers, it was their best showing since 2015.

Throughout the entire year, the Tories raised $18,859,191, the Liberals $14,069,320, and the NDP $4,874,277.

While the Conservatives are ahead in the money-making game, they pulled in roughly the same amount of donors the Liberals did in the fourth quarter.

The Liberals fundraised from 39,666 donors, while the Tories convinced 40,810 Canadians to open their wallets. The NDP pulled in 18,771 individual donors, according to the data.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will take being ahead at all.

From the 2015 Election till 2017 you had various candidates raising money for their leadership campaigns which exhausted a lot of the fundraising base,

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Conservatives raise nearly $19-million in 2017; biggest haul of any recognized party

By Marco Vigliotti Jan. 31, 2018

The Conservatives posted their best fundraising period of the year in the fourth quarter of 2017, raising $5,833,018 from 40,810 donors, and drawing an additional $3,338 in money transfers from leadership contestants.

The federal Conservatives, led by Andrew Scheer, pictured, raised more money than the governing Liberals in all four quarters of 2017.

The Hill Times file photograph by Andrew Meade

The federal Conservatives outmuscled their rivals in the race for crucial fundraising dollars in all four quarters of 2017, attracting $719,000 more in donations than the governing Liberals in the last three months alone, newly released statistics from Elections Canada show.

The Tories posted their best fundraising period of the year in the fourth quarter of 2017, raising $5,833,018 from 40,810 donors, and drawing an additional $3,338 in money transfers from leadership contestants.

Collectively, the centre-right party drew $18.85-million from donors over the course of 2017, and another $1.13-million in transfers from riding associations, candidates, and nomination and leadership contestants.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer (Regina Qu’Appelle, Sask.) outlasted 12 other candidates to win the Conservative leadership last May, while there were 11 byelections held over the course of 2017.

The governing Liberals finished second in the 2017 fundraising race, attracting $14.06-million in donations and $140,265 in money transfers. In the fourth quarter alone, the Liberals raised $5.11-million from 39,666 donors.

When reached for comment, Liberal Party spokesperson Braeden Caley argued the party boasted stronger grassroots support than the Conservatives, claiming the median donation to the Liberals totalled only $15 and 93 per cent of all donations were under $200.

He also noted the Liberals were the only major party to show fundraising growth in each consecutive reporting interval, while touting the two byelection victories by Liberal candidates over the past year in ridings previously held by the Conservatives.

“Justin Trudeau and the Liberal team also earned the confidence of Canadians in a series of important by-elections throughout Q4, while Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives continued to demonstrate that they are deeply out of touch with the real priorities of Canadian families,” he said in an emailed statement.

The Liberals raised $2.8-million from 31,812 donors in the first quarter of 2017 but jumped to $3.02-million from 30,149 donors in the second quarter, and $3.1-million from 32,211 donors in the third quarter.

On the other hand, the Conservatives drew $5.3-million in donations, from 42,473 donors, in the first quarter of 2017, but dropped to $4.07-million and 32,427 donors in the next quarter, and $3.6-million from 32,211 donors in the third quarter.

The Conservative Party did not respond to a request for comment prior to publication.

The NDP finished third in the fundraising race in 2017, attracting $4.88-million in donations, though nearly half of that haul came in the fourth quarter alone, the first reporting period under the leadership of Jagmeet Singh.

In the fourth quarter, the NDP raised $2.04-million from 18,771 donors, a significant jump from the previous reporting interval, where the party recorded $1.09-million from 19,925 contributors.

Mr. Singh was elected NDP leader on Oct. 1, defeating three other candidates.

While all of the major parties oversaw major spikes in contributions over that period, the NDP’s fourth quarter numbers also easily dwarfed the party’s fundraising output in the first two quarters of 2017, where it collectively raised only $1.73-million.

“We are very excited by the fundraising numbers for the fourth quarter of 2017. Not only did we double our numbers from the third quarter and exceed our numbers from last year’s fourth quarter, but we surpassed our overall 2017 target,” new NDP national director Melissa Bruno said in an emailed statement.

“This proves that the election of Jagmeet Singh as our new leader has brought excitement and energy back into the Party and that our supporters are feeling optimistic as we prepare for 2019.”


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And yet their party languishes.

I have become aware of the fact that Conservatves, and particularly Progressive Conservatives have a strange antipathy to economics and concepts like the national interest.

Let me offer Ivorson's assessment of Scheer's latest attention-grabbing announcement. I am sure most avoided reading it if they saw the coverage.

John Ivison: Scheer’s underwhelming first economic policy suffers from lack of boldness
Andrew Scheer does not come across as one of nature’s gamblers. But in politics, as in life, sometimes those who dare, win
John Ivison
February 1, 2018
7:21 PM EST

OTTAWA — Andrew Scheer’s first economic policy came in on cat’s paws Thursday.

The Conservative leader spent much of last year on the “fundamentals” — letting Conservatives know who he is and what he stands for — with the promise that fresh policy would follow in the new year.

The first effort is underwhelming: a tax credit for people paying federal income tax while on Employment Insurance maternity or parental programs. It scarcely even qualifies as fresh since the Conservative platform in 2015 — the one voters rejected — pledged to expand EI maternity and paternity benefits to increase flexibility for new parents.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with the idea — and it is certainly is in keeping with the long-term Conservative goal of making life less expensive for young families.

But it reflects the hallmark of Scheer’s leadership thus far: bashful when it should be bold, timid where it needs to be intrepid.

Caucus members express frustration that the leader has not leapt on what they perceive as a tactical error by the Liberals, over funding for the summer jobs program that has upset religious groups, unhappy they have to endorse the government’s line on abortion.

There is also incredulity that Scheer did not question Justin Trudeau’s judgment in meeting the former hostage Joshua Boyle, who two weeks later was arrested for sexual assault.

Substantively, the EI credit would further riddle the tax code with what Scheer’s colleague, Maxime Bernier, called “politically motivated subsidies” during the recent Tory leadership race.

Bernier’s audacious plan was to undertake a root and branch overhaul of the income tax system, raising personal exemption levels to $15,000 (from $11,474) to relieve low-income Canadians from paying income tax. Further, he advocated abolishing the tax brackets and replacing them with one 15 per cent band for the 80 per cent of taxpayers who earn between $15,001 and $100,000, and a 25 per cent rate for those earning over six figures.

He estimated the cost to the Treasury at $35 billion — something that he said could be paid for by eliminating some of the $100 billion worth of tax expenditures (like the one Scheer is proposing) that linger, unmonitored by Parliament or the Department of Finance, in the tax code.

Bernier did not specify which expenditures he’d kill and therein lies a problem. As the Liberals discovered when they looked at taxing health and dental benefit plans, privileged groups enjoy being subsidized by taxpayers — and create merry hell when their privilege is under threat.

The most obvious expenditure to go after would be the $3.4 billion spent every year on the Age Tax Credit, given to seniors just because they reach the age of 65, regardless of whether or not they need the money.

Then there is the $14 billion the federal government spends on business subsidies every year, more than half of which is wasted, according to one recent study.

The Liberals are planning to make the situation worse by attempting to pick more winners as part of their $800 million “cluster” experiment. This, despite all the evidence that government spending — from regional development programs to agricultural production subsidies — generally results in a lower level of overall income.

The point is, there are billions of dollars of indefensible spending swirling around the system that could fund a compelling low tax, family-friendly platform that gives Canadians an incentive to work harder and keep more of their own money.

It wasn’t that long ago that Trudeau’s Liberals were in third place in the polls, with a general election looming.

The Liberal leader took the risky decision to commit to deficit financing, just as the NDP said it would play safe and match the Conservatives in balancing the budget.

Canadians decided to take a chance and rewarded Trudeau for his boldness — but it was a decision that might have had a very different outcome.

Scheer does not come across as one of nature’s gamblers.

But in politics, as in life, sometimes those who dare, win.

And, over in Liberal HQ, they watch, and wonder if what worked so wonderfully well with those Progressive Conservatives of Ontario would work against someone so caponized as Andrew Scheer. Yeah, 'it would.
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