Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Announces Fourth Quarter Allowances Paid to Registered Political Parties
OTTAWA, ONTARIO— Jan. 5, 2009 – The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Marc Mayrand, announced today that the payment of the allowances that qualified registered parties are entitled to receive for the fourth quarter has been made.
A registered party that obtained at least 2 percent of all valid votes cast at a general election or at least 5 percent of the valid votes cast in the electoral districts in which it ran a candidate in a general election is eligible for a quarterly allowance.
Each registered party that is eligible for the allowance will receive a quarterly payment that is equivalent to $0.4375 per valid vote it obtained in the most recent general election preceding the quarter for which the payment is being made.
The quarterly allowances for the period from October 1, 2008, to December 31, 2008, were calculated based on the number of votes that parties received in the 39th general election held on January 23, 2006, multiplied by the inflation adjustment factor of 1.116 that is in effect for the period from April 1, 2008, to March 31, 2009.
Political party Payment amount
Bloc Quebecois $758,350.39
Conservative Party of Canada $2,623,890.17
Green Party of Canada $324,231.20
Liberal Party of Canada $2,187,074.37
New Democratic Party $1,264,370.74
Additional information on annual allowances for political parties is available at www.elections.ca.
Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.
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