Political Donations in Canada – Conservatives Lead the Pack

By Karl Gotthardt
Unlike the U.S. Canadian donations to political parties are limited to $1100 for personal donation in a given calendar year.   In addition, parties received $2 per vote from the public purse.  Overall the Conservative Party of Canada leads the pack ahead of the other two major parties (Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party of Canada.  A description of Canada’s Political Parties and what they represent  can be found in this article.

The governing Conservative Party is eliminating public subsidies to political parties, but it will be phased in over three years.  This year the subsidy is still $2 per vote and will be reduced to $1.50 in 2012, $1 in 2013 and 50c in 2014.  The subsidy will be completely eliminated by 2015.  While the Harper government was unable to pass this measure while during its five year minority rule, it finally had the majority to implement the measure.

While the party will be the biggest loser of public funds, it does much better than the other two parties when it comes to fundraising.  Around 12,000 people have given the maximum permitted since 2007, raising approximately $13 Million in personal donations.  This is in contrast to the Liberals who have raised $10 Million from 7,500 donours aatnd the New Democrats with 1,700 donours raising more than $3 Million.

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Karl Gotthardt - Politisite Managing Editor Maj. Gotthardt is a Retired Military Officer with 35 years service in the Canadian Armed Forces. He spent most of his time in the Military in Infantry Battalions. Karl took part in training for Afghanistan as an Operator Analyst with the Canadian Maneouvre Training Centre. Karl is a qualified military parachutist and military free fall parachutist. He earned his U.S. Master Jump Wings in Fort Benning, Georgia. Karl enjoys working with horses for the last 24 year. He owns six. He has experience in breeding, training and of course riding.Karl was born in Germany and is fluent in both English and German and he speaks enough French to "get in trouble". Karl has written or writes at NowPublic, All Voices, Tek Journalism and many others.

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