Expenses limits established for federal election campaign

The Chief Electoral Officer has released the preliminary expenses limits for political parties and candidates for the October 19th federal election.

As a result of 2012 electoral redistribution, based on population, the number of constituencies in BC is up to 42 from 36.

That noted, in this province, the party limits range from a low of just over $131,000 in a Mission area riding in the Fraser Canyon, to just under $203,000, the only riding over $200,000, in North Okanagan, in the Shuswap.

The Prince George-Peace River riding is situated pretty well in the middle of the pack at $161,619.12.

However, the candidate limits are slightly higher and they range from about $197,000, the only one under $200,000, in Surrey-Newton, to a high of about $275,000 in Kootenay-Columbia.

Once again Prince George Peace River candidates find themselves in middle ground at $259,460.73.

It should also be noted there are limits for election advertising expenses incurred by third parties and for this, the country’s 42nd general election, that limit in any given electoral district is $8,788.22, and the total election advertising expenses limit is $439,410.81.

Expense Limits are established in accordance with the Canada Elections Act and these are preliminary ones, based on the number of names on the preliminary lists of electors.

They are increased for election periods longer than 37 days.

This will be an extended eleven week campaign and many pundits believe Prime Minister Harper opted for the long run-up, more than double the norm, in order to maximize the Conservatives war chest advantage.

He squares off this evening in Toronto, in the campaigns first party leaders debate, hosted by Maclean’s magazine, with the New Democrats, Tom Mulcair, the Liberals Justin Trudeau, and the Green Parties Elizabeth May.

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