Elizabeth May outspent Trudeau, Harper, Muclair to get her seat in House of Commons
OTTAWA – Elizabeth May spent more than any other federal party leader to secure her seat in last October’s election.
Financial reports filed with Elections Canada show the Green leader spent almost $230,000 to win her British Columbia riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands.
May’s riding association raised roughly $220,000 to pay for May’s campaign; she was the only Green candidate to win a seat in the Oct. 19 vote.
Justin Trudeau, who led his Liberals to victory, spent just over $183,000 to hang onto his Montreal riding of Papineau.
His riding association contributed $175,000 to Trudeau’s campaign while the Liberal party kicked in almost $33,000.
Stephen Harper, whose Conservative government was defeated, spent just over $117,000 to easily win his Calgary Heritage riding.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair spent the least: less than $105,000 to hold his Montreal riding of Outremont.
The totals for each leader include expenses that were subject to campaign spending limits plus other reportable expenses which fell outside the cap.
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