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Campaign spending revealed?
Surrey-Cloverdale’s new MLA Stephanie Cadieux spent less on her campaign during May’s provincial election than some of her neighbouring B.C. Liberal Party caucus mates.
But it’s not yet known if it was more than her closest competitor, the NDP’s Harry Kooner, spent waging his campaign because he missed the filing deadline for financial disclosure forms that must be submitted to Elections BC.
Numbers released by Elections BC on Aug. 19 show the Cadieux campaign listed $86,811.99 in expenses.
Most of the other Surrey Liberal candidates spent about $95,000 on their campaigns.
Cadieux’s former seat in Surrey-Panorama was won by Surrey city councillor Marvin Hunt, a Liberal candidate who spent $99,651.
Province-wide, the B.C. Liberal Party spent $11.75 million during the election, more than the NDP, which spent $9.4 million.
Cadieux, a Liberal who was first elected in 2009 in the riding of Surrey-Panorama, won her seat in Surrey-Cloverdale with more than double the number of votes for Kooner.
According to Elections BC, Kooner was one of two candidates from Surrey-Cloverdale who failed to file paperwork related to election campaign expenses by the Aug. 12 deadline for finance reports. Unaffiliated candidate Matt William Begley also missed the filing deadline.
Kooner and Begley were among 10 candidates who failed to do so, according to Elections BC; finance reports may be filed by Sept. 11, 2013, but will be subject to a $500 late filing fee.
B.C. Conservative Howard Wu, the fourth Surrey-Cloverdale candidate, spent $602 on his campaign. The Surrey-Cloverdale constituency association received a transfer of $286.74 from the party, according to his election financing report.
Much of the funding for the Cadieux campaign came from the provincial Liberal party.
The Cadieux campaign brought in a total of $20,191 in contributions, with another $66,370.99 from the B.C. Liberal Party.
The campaign’s total income as of Aug. 14 was $86,811.99.
Cadieux had 14 donations of amounts greater than $250 from individuals and companies, adding up to $10,750.
Ten corporations are listed as contributors, including the Lark Group and Cloverdale Antique Mall and Auctions Ltd., which contributed $1,150 each.
A $1,200 donation from James Holt was the largest individual contribution to the Cadieux campaign, followed by $1,000 from businessman Ralph Berezan.
Candidates must file financing reports within 90 days after a provincial election.
Reports by candidates, political parties, constituency associations and election advertising sponsors are available for public inspection in person at the Elections BC office in Victoria or online at elections.bc.ca.