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Modernizing the Electoral Process – Recommendations from the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada following the 37th general election


Appendix 1

Projected Impact of Lowered Threshold for Candidates' Reimbursement, Based on the November 2000 General Election

Political party Actual reimbursements with present 15% threshold1 Reimbursement scenario with recommended 5% threshold2 Variance
B ($) A ($) A - B ($)
Bloc Québécois 2 128 027 2 163 384 35 357
Canadian Action Party
Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance 4 130 945 4 541 156 410 211
Communist Party of Canada
Independent 22 794 22 794
Liberal Party of Canada 6 914 592 7 003 372 88 780
Marijuana Party
Marxist–Leninist Party of Canada
Natural Law Party of Canada
New Democratic Party 1 162 085 1 727 618 565 532
No Affiliation 43 456 51 732 8 276
Progressive Conservative Party of Canada 1 513 455 2 195 692 682 237
The Green Party of Canada 24 363 24 363
Total 15 892 560 17 730 111 1 837 551

1 Under subsection 464(1) of the Canada Elections Act, candidates must obtain at least 15% of valid votes cast in their electoral district in order to qualify for partial reimbursement of their election expenses.

2 Amounts that would have been paid with the qualification threshold set at 5% as recommended by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada.