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Nomination race spending limit doubles for 2019 campaign, creating barrier to recruiting new female candidates, say MPs

By Abbas Rana      

The spending limits for nomination contests are higher in the 2019 election cycle, almost double what they were from 2015, because of that election's longer-than-usual, 78-day campaign period.

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, the minister responsible for the Canada Elections Act, Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu, and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. Ms. May says that higher spending limits in nomination contests are a barrier in recruiting quality female candidates. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

The spending limit for federal parties’ nomination contestants in the 2019 election cycle is almost double what it was in 2015, chiefly because of the long election campaign last time around, and some say the higher donation limit is a barrier to recruiting new female candidates.

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