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Conservative, NDP candidates ramped up ad spending in final weeks of election in face of increasing Liberal support: expense reports

By Tim Naumetz      

From Oct. 1 to voting day, former NDP MP Paul Dewar’s campaign spent more than $55,000 on advertising, including $28,000 for radio and TV ads. When Mr. Dewar easily brushed off challengers by capturing 52 per cent of the vote in the riding in 2011, he spent only $3,440 on radio and television advertising and $29,000 on brochures, handouts and newspaper placements.

Former NDP MP Paul Dewar, pictured on election night, Oct. 19, 2015, at his campaign headquarters. The Hill Times photograph by Steve Gerecke

Conservative and NDP candidates neared spending limits of $200,000 and more as they fought to defend their Commons seats in the face of the Liberal wave in the final stages of the federal general election last year, initial rounds of published campaign returns by Elections Canada show. Although the majority of campaign filings are still to come, the 231 candidate reports filed and posted by the federal election agency as of Tuesday indicate fierce contests in swing ridings

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