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Liberal riding associations out-fundraised Conservatives three-to-one in 2016 and 2017

By Peter Mazereeuw and Jolson Lim      

Liberal Electoral District Associations raised significantly more money than Conservative EDAs during those years, reports from Elections Canada show, but the Conservative fundraising advantage at the national level still puts the Tories ahead overall.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with a collection of senior Liberal Party members. Mr. Trudeau's party has struggled to match the Conservatives in fundraising at the national level, but Liberal electoral district associations handily out-raised Conservative EDAs in 2016 and 2017. Pictured: former party lawyer Craig Munroe, top left, beside Mr. Trudeau and Christina Topp, the party's senior fundraising director, and, clockwise from right, party president Suzanne Cowan (in red); Rob Silver, husband to Mr. Trudeau's chief of staff, Katie Telford, and a former Liberal pundit; Ontario chapter president Tyler Banham; Sachit Mehra, Winnipeg Liberal board member; middle left, Liberal spokesman Braeden Caley. Photograph by Tyler Banham, courtesy of Facebook

Liberal riding associations raised triple the money brought in by their Conservative rivals in 2016 and 2017, data from Elections Canada shows, bucking the trend of the Conservatives outclassing the Grits at fundraising.

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