Elections BC has released the financial disclosures for the 2017 provincial election, and the filings show that the BC Liberals far outspent all other political parties in the Surrey-Cloverdale riding during the campaign.
BC Liberal candidate Marvin Hunt spent more than 15 times the amount as the riding’s next highest spender. According to campaign disclosures, Hunt spent a total of $84,308.43 to NDP candidate Rebecca Smith’s $4,860.27.
Some of the largest differences in spending between the two campaigns include:
- Media advertising: Hunt spent $11,612.75 and Smith spent $588.11.
- Promotional material (which includes signs and brochures): Hunt claimed nearly $16,000 and Smith claimed just under $1,300.
- Salaries and benefits: Hunt’s campaign claimed $10,000 and Smith’s campaign claimed none.
- Telecommunications: Hunt spent $14,896.65 and Smith spent $197.31.
Green Party candidate Aleksandra Muniak’s campaign spent $1,391.33 in total, and BC Libertarian candidate Peter Poelstra reported no expenses.
Hunt won the Surrey-Cloverdale seat with 11,918 votes to Smith’s 9,763. Muniak received 3,091 votes and Poelstra received 279.
To look up individual donors and finances for the Surrey-Cloverdale constituency, use Elections B.C.’s searchable database.