After elevating simply over $2.6 million in donations however failing to win a single seat within the October 2019 election, the Folks’s Occasion is paying its founding chief, Maxime Bernier, an annual wage of $104,000 this yr.
The social gathering made the disclosure on Friday, because it spelled out the main points of its annual filings with Elections Canada.
The filings present the Folks’s Occasion raised just below $2 million in 2019 after it was registered as an official social gathering on the finish of January. Previous to that registration, the social gathering says Bernier raised $625,000 as an impartial candidate, the excess of which was transferred to Folks’s Occasion coffers as soon as the registration went via.
Filings from 150 candidates additionally present they collectively raised one other $379,000 over the course of final fall’s election marketing campaign. The nationwide social gathering spent $604,000 on the election, considerably lower than the opposite events. The Conservatives spent $28.9 million and the Liberals $26.1 million. The PPC’s closest competitor in election spending countrywide was the Inexperienced Occasion, which spent $2.Four million and secured three seats.
In an e-mail to members and supporters explaining the monetary statements, the PPC mentioned that Bernier didn’t obtain a wage from the social gathering whereas he was drawing his wage because the MP for the Quebec driving of Beauce. For the reason that starting of the yr, nevertheless, Bernier has been paid a wage price $104,000 yearly.
In an e-mail to CBC Information, the social gathering mentioned Bernier’s wage was determined by frequent settlement between three of the social gathering’s administrators — Bernier himself, Charles Laflamme and Martin Masse — together with the social gathering’s official agent, Christian Roy.
NDP Chief Jagmeet Singh, who was with out a seat within the Home of Commons from October 2017 when he turned chief to February 2019 when he gained a byelection, didn’t obtain a wage from his social gathering.
The filings present the Folks’s Occasion obtained donations from 23,000 contributors in 2019. Cash from those that donated at the very least $200 — that means their names and places have to be disclosed — got here disproportionately from British Columbia and Alberta, with simply eight per cent coming from Bernier’s residence province.
Whereas the numbers counsel the Folks’s Occasion had a giant drop-off in donations in November and December, after Bernier had misplaced his bid for re-election in Beauce, this lower doesn’t seem like considerably completely different from what was skilled by the events that succeeded in securing seats within the Home of Commons.
The annual statements present the Folks’s Occasion ended 2019 within the black, operating a surplus of some $375,000. By comparability, the Liberals and Greens respectively ran a $1 million and $880,000 working deficit. The annual statements of the Conservatives, New Democrats and Greens have but to be posted.
The Folks’s Occasion additionally ended the yr with $462,000 in money and money equivalents on the books, in comparison with $4.Four million for the Liberals and $720,000 for the Greens.
Whereas this means the Folks’s Occasion is in first rate fiscal form, the cash raised by the social gathering pales compared to its principal rivals.
In 2019, the Conservatives raised $30.9 million, the Liberals $21 million, the NDP $8.1 million and the Greens $6.5 million. Among the many main events, the Folks’s Occasion raised extra money in 2019 than solely the Bloc Québécois, which has 32 seats within the Home of Commons however runs candidates in just one province.
Donations have dropped in 2020 on account of the COVID-19 pandemic and each social gathering within the Home, except the Bloc, has taken benefit of the federal authorities’s wage subsidy program.
Although the Folks’s Occasion lowered its staffing to 4 full-time workers after the October election and instituted a 20 per cent reduce in wages when the pandemic hit, the PPC additionally mentioned it didn’t take part within the wage subsidy program.
It says it has employed two new full-time workers and has a cushion to assist pay for one more marketing campaign if there’s a snap election within the fall.