Po­lit­i­cal par­ties spent big in June elec­tion

Kingston Whig-Standard - - NEWS - ELLIOT FER­GU­SON

On­tario’s big three po­lit­i­cal par­ties all spent more than $100,000 on their Kingston and the Is­lands can­di­dates’ elec­tion cam­paigns in last June’s provin­cial elec­tion.

Cam­paign finance doc­u­ments filed with Elec­tions On­tario showed New Demo­cratic Party can­di­date Ian Arthur spent al­most $113,000 to win the rid­ing.

In­cum­bent Lib­eral can­di­date So­phie Ki­wala led the spenders with a cam­paign that more than $116,500.

Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Gary Ben­nett spent more than $103,000 on his cam­paign.

Ad­ver­tis­ing and staff salaries ac­counted for the big­gest costs for all of the can­di­dates dur­ing the cam­paign.

Arthur spent $22,500 on ad­ver­tis­ing,

$11,500 on signs, $6,500 brochures and al­most $29,000 on cam­paign salaries.

Ki­wala spent $31,000 on ad­ver­tis­ing, $5,300 on brochures and close to $43,000 on cam­paign staff. She spent only $300 on signs.

Ben­nett’s cam­paign spent $51,000 for ad­ver­tis­ing, $8,800 for brochures and al­most $15,500 on signs. His fil­ing did not show a cost for cam­paign staff.

Green party can­di­date Robert Ki­ley and Tril­lium party can­di­date An­dre Im­beault have not yet filed cam­paign ex­penses.

Ki­ley’s 2014 provin­cial elec­tion cam­paign cost about $1,400, but last year the On­tario Green Party con­sid­ered Kingston and the Is­lands a winnable seat and the party con­trib­uted more money to Ki­ley’s cam­paign.

While all three of the main par­ties ran six-fig­ure cam­paigns

in Kingston and the Is­lands, in the rid­ing of L an ark-Fron­tenac Kingston the elec­tion re­sult was re­flected in the can­di­dates’ cam­paign bud­gets.

On the way to win­ning 52 per cent of the vote, in­cum­bent Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Randy Hil­lier’s cam­paign had an in­come of al­most $78,000, with ex­penses of al­most $65,000.

Lib­eral can­di­date Amanda Pulker-Mok’s cam­paign in­come was $1,100 and her ex­penses were just more than $1,000. Green party can­di­date Anita Payne ran a $7,400 cam­paign, while in­de­pen­dent can­di­date John McEwen’s cam­paign costs were less than $750.

New Demo­cratic Party can­di­date Ram­say Hart and Lib­er­tar­ian Steve Gen­hardt did not file ex­pense doc­u­ments, but nei­ther had con­tri­bu­tions of more than $100, ac­cord­ing to Elec­tions On­tario.

ELLIOT FER­GU­SON/WHIG-STAN­DARD FILE PHOTO

Kingston and the Is­lands MPP Ian Arthur is con­grat­u­lated by for­mer MPP So­phie Ki­wala on elec­tion night in Kingston, on Thurs­day, June 7, 2018.

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