Conservatives champion political contributions

Liberals and Conservatives are both boasting record-breaking results for popular funding this spring, each using a different measure of success.
The art figures released Wednesday by Elections Canada show that the Conservative Party has collected just over $ 8.5 million from about 53,000 donors in the second quarter of this year. The party says it is beating its previous record for a second quarter, set in 2011.

The Liberals say the $ 5 million raised from April to June was raised from just over 41,500 donors. The Liberal Party prides itself on a second-quarter record for the number of donors.

Meanwhile, the Greens beat the New Democrats in terms of total second quarter donations. The Greens raised nearly $ 1.44 million from approximately 14,600 donors and the New Democratic Party (NDP) just over $ 1.43 million from approximately 14,900 donors.

The Bloc Québécois raised $ 514,016 from 4643 donors.

These figures were released as Liberal leader Justin Trudeau tested his campaign message Wednesday in Ottawa with candidates gathered for two days of “campaign school”.

Meanwhile, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh spent the day in Kenora, Ontario, where Grassy Narrows First Nation leader Rudy Turtle will be running under the NDP banner – a blow to the image of Mr. Trudeau as a great advocate for Aboriginal people.

Note to readers: This is a corrected version. The previous version indicated that the Bloc Québécois raised $ 51,400, while it was $ 514,016.

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