Money runs politics
Politics runs on money
The Harper Conservatives picked up more money in the last quarter of 2013 than any other registered federal political party.
They collected a total of $ 9.6 million including transfers in the last three months before Christmas.
But the Justin Trudeau Liberals have not been forgotten by donors. They collected $ 4.81 million to finish in second place. This is much more than the Liberals gathered back in the days Michael Ignatieff and Stéphane Dion.
It is 50% more than what they collected at the last three months a year ago before Trudeau became party leader.
The NDP hauled in a total of $ 3.7 million last quarter.
Le Bloc Québécois pulled in 321 570 which for them is the largest three-month haul in their history.
In Canadian politics, money counts for a lot, especially at election time. The exorbitant price paid for television ads cost political parties millions of dollars at every election.
The Conservatives could end the year with a total of more than more than $ 18 million in contributions, enough to allow them to roll in money the next election.