During the first four months of the year, the Conservatives brought in more money than all other parties combined, beating out their nearest rivals, the Liberals, by nearly $5 million.
According to Elections Canada, the Conservative Party raised $8,345,791 from 45,659 individual contributors, recording an additional $144,925 in transfers from candidates, leadership contestants, and nomination contestants.
In contrast, the Liberal Party brought in $3,689,402 from 30,720 individual donors, and an additional $37,699 in transfers. While the Conservatives did not note any transfers from registered associations, the Liberals recorded a number of the, to the tune of $25,434.
While the Conservatives have historically been able to raise more money than the Liberals, a gap of nearly $5 million was unexpected. In a statement, the party said its ablity to raise funds "speaks to the growing movement of Canadians who are putting their hard-earned dollars behind a leader who is listening to them and speaking to their concerns."
Further down the list, the NDP managed to garner $1.3 million from 16,000 donors while the Greens, Bloc Quebecois, and People's Party pulled in $401,000, $322,000 and $296,000, respectively.
According to Léger, the Conservatives under the leadership of Pierre Poilievre are polling at 36 percent, 6 percent ahead of Prime Minister Trudeau's Liberals.
Since taking over as leader, Poilievre has gone on the offensive against his Liberal rival, a tactic that appears to have won the hearts of donors. As Global News reports, in first three quarters of 2022, the Conservatives out-performed the Liberals by at least $1 million, however when Poilievre was voted in to head the party, the gap widened to $4 million in the last quarter of the year.
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