Alberta NDP raise 227% more than UCP in Q1 2021

New pro-life party came in fourth place, raising more than the Wildrose Independence Party, the Liberals, and the Greens.

Elections Alberta recently updated their records for quarterly contributions of various provincial political parties, and the NDP are in the lead. By a lot.

According to these records, the Alberta NDP received just under $1.2 million during the first quarter of 2021, most of which came from contributions that were $250 or less. Those contributions made up about $809,000—or 68%—of the total received.

The remainder—$377,000—were from 676 contributions that were each above $250, averaging about $560 per contribution. Of those, 8 contributed the maximum allowed for the year: $4,243.

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  • Lorne Dach of Edmonton
  • Thomas Dang of Edmonton
  • Sylvia Flood of Edmonton
  • Mike Gardner of Calgary
  • Barb Howard of Calgary
  • Fred Kreiner of Edmonton
  • David Mayhood of Calgary
  • Chandra Thomas of Calgary

Coming in a distant second place were the UCP, who brought in nearly $522,000, only 44% of what the NDP did. In contrast to the NDP, most of the UCP’s donations came from large donations—$304,890.66, or about 59%—from 360 persons, for an average of $846.82 per person.

Of those who made large donations, 17 maxed out their contributions:

  • Donald, Archibald of Calgary
  • Rene Blais of Grande Prairie
  • Jeanette Budzinski of Edmonton
  • Barbara Harris of Edmonton
  • Richard Haskayne of Calgary
  • Nate Horner of Pollockville
  • Ray Knelsen of La Crete
  • Arthur Korpach of Calgary
  • John Langille of Calgary
  • Frederick Mannix of Calgary
  • Maurice McCaig of Calgary
  • James Pasieka of Calgary
  • Bruce Sembaliuk of Edmonton
  • Tyler Shandro of Calgary
  • Travis Toews of Beaverlodge
  • Calvin Wenzel of Calgary
  • Grant Wilde of Calgary

The Alberta Party received $43,394.09 in donations during the same period, with roughly half made up of donations that were $250 or less and half above $250. Their largest contributor was Francis Saville of Redwood Meadows, who donated $4,000. Their large donations came from 27 people, with an average of $647.15.

Fourth place went to the Pro-Life Alberta Political Association, which raised $33,261 last quarter, the vast majority of which came from donations of under $250. In fact, only 7 people contributed more than that, and none of them were over $500. This party was created in 2017, after anti-abortion activist Jeremy Fraser became leader of the Alberta Social Credit Party and changed its name.

The Wildrose Independence Party, created just last year following a merger between the Freedom Conservative Party and Wexit Alberta, was in fifth place, having received $32,271 in donations. Just over $20,000 came from small donations. The remaining $12,200 came from 21 donations, for an average of $580.95. The largest donor was Gary Kalynchuk of Edmonton, who donated $1,500.

In sixth place were the Liberals, who collected $31,798.53 in total, with $13,355.53 coming from small donations and $18,443 from 20 large donations. Two of their donors have already maxed out their donations for the year: Ian & Patricia Cartwright, both of which are from Calgary. The Liberals’ large donations averaged $922.15 per person and came from 20 people.

The Green Party came in second lowest with less than $4,000 in contributions, $1,480 coming from small donations and just under $2,500 from large ones. Those large donations came from just 4 people. The largest donation came from Marjorie Ward, who donated $1,500.

Of all the parties that reported having received contributions last quarter, the Independence Party received the least. They received just under $1,500, about $1,200 coming from small donations. Only one donation was over $250, but just barely.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent queer journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news articles, focusing on politics and labour.

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