Publication of the summary of the returns of election expenses for the September 4th, 2012 general election

February 26, 2013

Québec, February 26th 2013– Jacques Drouin, Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, has made public the Summary of the returns of election expenses of the parties and candidates having run in the general election held on September 4th, 2012. The figures appearing in this summary were taken from the returns of election expenses submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer by the official agents of the parties and the candidates.

It should be recalled that the limit on the election expenses permitted for all of the political parties and candidates within the context of the September 4th, 2012 general election stood at $81,232,106. The total election expenses incurred during the election period reached $20,383,804.

In comparison, for theDecember 8, 2008general election, the limit on the election expenses permitted for all of the political parties and candidates was $54,096,719 and the expenses incurred totaled $19,523,182.

For the September 4th, 2012 general election, the election expenses of candidates were limited to $1.23 per elector registered on the list of electors and, in the case of a political party, to $0.71 per elector registered on the list of electors in all of the electoral divisions where this party had an official candidate.  In 2008, these limits were respectively $1.15 and $0.67 per registered elector.

Here are some data concerning the election expenses of the four parties represented in the National Assembly for the September 4th, 2012 general election:

Political parties

Limit on election expenses permitted

Total expenses incurred

Coalition avenir Québec – L’équipe François Legault

Party: $4,203,064

($3,845,003 in 2008)*

 

Party: $3,040,594

($1,802,010 in 2008)*

 

Candidates:$7,333,797

($6,648,366 in 2008)*

 

Candidates: $ 0

($1,189,479  in 2008)*

 

Parti libéral du Québec/ Quebec Liberal Party

 

 

Party:$4,203,064 ($3,845,003 in 2008)

 

Party:$3,083,773

($3,023,538  in 2008)

 

Candidates:$ 7,333,797

($6,648,366 in 2008)

 

Candidates:$5,188,747

($5,586,703  in 2008)

 

Parti québécois

 

 

Party:$ 4,203,064

($3,845,003 in 2008)

 

Party:$4,072,464

($3,818,481  in 2008)

 

Candidates:$ 7,333,797

($6,648,366 in 2008)

 

Candidates:$3,274,751

($3,270,173 in 2008)

 

Québec Solidaire

Party:$4,175,158

($3,762,788 in 2008)

 

Party:$1,452,069

($597 452 in 2008)

Candidates:$7,285,453

($6,507,204 in 2008)

 

Candidates: $0

($0 in 2008)

* These comparative numbers are those of the Action démocratique du Québec/Équipe Mario Dumont party and their candidates

For all parties and candidates, advertising expenses represent nearly 49% of the total election expenses reported.  Among the parties represented in the National Assembly, it is Québec solidaire and its candidates that devoted the largest portion of their election expenses to advertising, with approximately 55% of the total. The Coalition avenir Québec and its candidates devoted approximately 50% of their expenses to advertising. The Quebec Liberal Party and its candidates invested approximately 49% of their election expenses in advertising, while Parti québécois devoted approximately 47%.

The rental of premises represents less than 4% of the election expenses of all parties and candidates.

Moreover, the Chief Electoral Officer has already paid an advance on the reimbursement of the election expenses of parties and candidates which corresponds to 35% of the limit on election expenses of candidates and of the amount estimated by the official agents of the parties. The amount of this advance totals $8,650,259.

Following a detailed audit of the returns of election expenses of the political parties and candidates, the necessary adjustments will be made so that the reimbursement equals 50% of the election expenses incurred and paid in accordance with the Electoral Act. The total reimbursement of election expenses should reach approximately $9,750,000, whereas it stood at approximately $9,300,000 in 2008. It should be noted that in order to obtain a reimbursement, a candidate must have been elected or have obtained at least 15% of the valid votes. In the case of a political party, it must have obtained at least 1% of the valid votes.

You can examine the summary of the returns of election expenses by visiting the web-site of the Chief Electoral Officer at the following address:  http://www.electionsquebec.qc.ca/francais/provincial/financement-et-depenses-electorales/elections-generales-depenses.php, or by contacting the Information Centre at (418) 528-0422 (Québec City region) or 1 888 ÉLECTION (1 888 353-2846) (outside the Québec City region). 

 

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