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Conservatives’ first-quarter haul breaks ceiling, but Liberals say grassroots support ‘strong’

By Beatrice Paez       

Though the Liberals raised far less than the Conservatives, party spokesperson Braeden Caley says the party's base of donors in the first quarter, compared to last year, grew by 15 per cent.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals pulled in $3.9-million in the first quarter, while Conservative Leader Andrew's party outpaced its counterparts with $8-million, setting a new record. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh's New Democrats raked in $1.23-million. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

The Conservatives’ record-breaking haul for the first quarter of $8-million puts them far ahead of the pack, and has them outpacing the Liberals by more than double—a sign that some strategists say suggests the Tories’ base is in far better shape than the governing party’s as the next federal election approaches.

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