The NDP was way behind.
2017 was a good year for the Conservatives when it comes to fundraising, as they outraised the Liberals and massively outraised the NDP.
The Conservatives raised $18.9 million in 2017, while the Liberals raised $14.1 million.
Far behind was the NDP, with just $4.9 million. They received a small bump in the fourth quarter under Jagmeet Singh, but nothing of real significance.
The fourth quarter was a good one for the Conservatives, as noted by analyst Eric Grenier:
“New quarterly fundraising reports posted by Elections Canada show the Conservatives raised $5,833,018 from 40,810 individual contributions in the last three months of 2017. It was the party’s best performance since the third quarter of 2015, when the election campaign was in full swing, and marked an increase of $1.2 million since the last quarter of 2016.”
Meanwhile, “The Liberals raised $5,113,287 from 39,666 contributions, down about $700,000 from last year’s fourth quarter.”
A sign of underlying momentum
While the Trudeau Liberals still hold a small lead in the average of most polls, surveys have shown Canada divided by Trudeau’s leadership. Notably, those who strongly oppose Trudeau outnumber those who strongly support him, giving an intensity advantage to the opposition.
That advantage can show up in fundraising numbers, as the fact that the Conservatives are raising both more money and have more donors shows they retain a strong core level of support, and it’s a sign of underlying momentum.
Whether they can leverage that momentum into a nationwide movement to sweep the disloyal Trudeau government from power remains to be seen.
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