DONATIONS to the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba have declined over the last three years.
In 2020, the provincial Tories raised $1,487,151 in contributions, slightly less than $1,494,215 raised in 2019, an election year, and down from 2018 when it received $1,768,383 from donors, Elections Manitoba returns show. The PCs reported a $1,161,608 surplus for 2020.
Last year, most of its donations came from contributors who gave more than $250. The amount of smaller donations below $250 dropped by nearly half in 2020 — $281,268 compared to 2019 when donations less than $250 totalled $438,281. Three donors in 2020 gave the maximum allowable donation — $5,000: Anne Reimer, Jordan Vanderveen and Natalija Zmavc. Premier Brian Pallister donated $2,832 to the party.
While the Manitoba NDP hasn’t raised as much as the Tories, the New Democrats have seen contributions increase in the last three years, and five of its donors in 2020 contributed the maximum $5,000, including party leader Wab Kinew. In its annual filings, the NDP raised $808,203 in contributions in 2020 — more than it received during the 2019 election year ($802,520) and nearly double what it collected in 2018 ($457,064), financial statements reported to Elections Manitoba show.
Registered parties and constituency associations must file annual financial statements with Elections Manitoba by March 31.
The PCs and the Manitoba Liberals both received extensions for reporting their 2020 finances. The Liberals have until Friday.