Conservative Party top local election campaign spender
Clockwise from left to right: Chris Warkentin, Saba Mossagizi, James Friesen, Dylan Thompson, Reagan Johnston, the new Grande Prairie - Mackenzie riding
It should come as no surprise that the Conservative Party spent and received the most funds during the 2015 federal election campaign in Grande Prairie – Mackenzie. Chris Warkentin was re-elected with 72.9 per cent of the vote, and spent a total of $49,444 dollars according to financial reports from Elections Canada.
He received 142,348 in total contributions, transfers and cash inflows, including $71,370 from individuals and $30,000 transferred from the Grande Prairie-Mackenzie Conservative Association. He also spent $4,565 on personal expenses.
Liberal candidate Reagan Johnston earned the second highest amount of votes at 14.7 per cent, but has not yet filed his financial reports. He’s received a court extension and will have his papers due May 20th.
Therefore, the next closest was the NDP’s Saba Mossagizi, who spent $13,165 and received $16,645 in contributions and transfers. She came away with 8.1 per cent of the vote on October 19, 2015.
James Friesen with the Green Party spent $2,768 and another $1,407 in personal expenses and received $5,175 in contributions, while Libertarian Dylan Thompson received and spent $120, along with $269 in personal expenses. They took away 3.1 and 1.1 per cent of the vote respectively.