OTTAWA - What a difference a few weeks, and a charismatic new leader, have made to the financial fortunes of the federal Liberal Party.
After years of struggling to persuade supporters their money wouldn't be wasted on the Liberal cause, the gold is now flowing into party coffers at what may be an unprecedented rate.
Since Justin Trudeau's virtual coronation as Liberal leader on April 14, the party reports it has raised more than one million dollars.
In a statement this morning, the party says an "incredible surge in grassroots donations" has seen over 14,000 Canadians donate to the party — 6,000 of them for the first time, and nearly 1,000 giving to the campaign more than once.
The party has released a video of a very casually dressed Trudeau announcing the numbers and thanking both new and old contributors for their support and for believing again in the Liberals.
"We're beginning to see what hope and hard work can accomplish together," he says, adding "It's just the beginning, but I know we're going to do it."