Jessica wrote:Are most of those from individual voters or from corporations, or other collectives?
Because, I thought that was the main difference between the conservatives and the liberals/NDP (not necessarily the number of donators, but the donation amount, and the other non-voting groups)
Corporate and union donations in Canada are illegal at the federal level. Have been since 2003. Only individual humans can donate, and even then only up to $1,100 to a national party/year and anothre $1100 to ridings for elections. Maximum.
Most Conservative donations come mainly as smaller $50-$300 donations.
The Liberals used to rely on big corporate donations. The NDP relied on big unions, which still own a 25% outright stake of that party, in voting shares. (The NDP is the only party which has outside organisations and interests which have a say on issues of policy and leadership.)
The Conservatives have long been far, far more grass-roots than the others, because their supporters strongly believe in their message, and are willing to engage proactively in politics.
Although Harper led the fight (and lawsuit) to stop the banning of corporate/union donations, his party has benifited the most, as the party which, of the three majors, is the most internally democratic and engaged with its grassroots (The Greens trump them here, but they're still largely under the radar.) The Conservatives are so good, in fact, that they've been able to outright steal the Liberal grassroots and much of the NDP grassroots, even, right out from under them!
And the hilarious thing is that nobody on the left or centre has ever even noticed this. Largely because they have far less interest in getting involved than do those on the right.
In fact, I'd be shocked if the CPC didn't have the largest share of the youth vote who actually vote in most provinces.