There are many things to call the NDP, but it seems hypocrites—at least when it comes to fundraising—isn’t one of them. As Huffington Post Canada reported on July 8, New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh has only attended one fundraiser in which participants had to buy tickets to attend since the beginning of the year. The event, a $25-per-ticket do in the Ontario riding of London-Fanshawe in March, didn’t even qualify for the reporting to Elections Canada that Liberal-established rules require for fundraising events attended by party leaders. Bill C-50, which received royal assent June 21, made changes to the Canada Elections Act. Events—such as the ones dubbed “cash-for-access” where ticket buyers get face time with political heavy hitters—have to be advertised on the registered political party’s website a minimum of five days in advance of the event taking place. The names and partial addresses of those in attendance who paid $200 or more to attend, or are the guest of someone who paid $200 or more to attend, also have to be published in a report to the chief electoral officer within 30 days of the event. Jesse Calvert, the NDP’s director of operations, told Huffington Post that they don’t believe “anyone should have to pay admission for this privilege” of speaking to Mr. Singh. This is an entirely noble perspective, and gives the NDP the only legs to stand on out of Canada's three major parties when they want to criticize the Liberals for their love of “cash-for-access” shindigs. (So far for the year, the Liberals have reported 53 of these events, the Conservatives seven, the People’s Party six, and the Bloc Québécois one). But the high ground pretty much ends there. Because, like it or not, there’s an election coming up and that means the party needs money in the bank. And that’s not a playground in which the NDP is reaching the top of the monkey bars. In fact, we don’t know how far behind the party is when it comes to fundraising because, yet again, it has asked for an extension from Elections Canada to file its 2018 end-of-year numbers. (They received a two-month extension for filing their 2017 numbers, as well.) What is known is that in 2018, the party was still paying off its debt from the 2015 election. A report from the party's treasurer in March 2018 indicated that as of the month prior, the NDP had paid down about $2-million of its $5-million debt from 2015, with another $2-million projected to be paid off by the end of the year. The NDP’s lack of fundraising prowess is well-documented, frequently banking far less than the Liberals and Conservatives. In 2017, the party raised $4.87-million, compared to the Tories’ $18.8-million and the Grits’ $13.9-million. It’s not just the upcoming election the party has to worry about—though that should be the biggest worry when it comes to their comparatively paltry bank account. New Democrats also have a multi-million-dollar bill to pay, pending the outcome of ongoing legal action challenging Board of Internal Economy decisions in 2014 that party MPs misused House of Commons funds for mailouts and satellite offices. If the NDP isn't going to charge the kinds of prices the other parties do for face time with Mr. Singh, that’s fine. But they need to find a way to stay in the game if they want to have a shot at effecting change.