## Figure 12 – Breakdown of Candidates by Proportion of Their Election Expenses Limit Incurred for General Elections, 2000-2011

This bar graph shows how many candidates per general election (2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011) incurred election expenses as a percentage of their election expenses limit.

The X-axis of this graph demarks the number of candidates and the Y-axis demarks election years for 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. The data in each year group the number of candidates into five percentage groups representing the percentage of the election expenses limit incurred: 0% to 25%, 26% to 50%, 51% to 75%, 76% to 94%, and 95% and over.

The number of candidates who incurred election expenses as a percentage of the election expenses limit by general election is:

2000 general election:

0%-25% - 1,090

26%-50% - 189

51%-75% - 175

76%-94% - 248

95% and over - 106

2004 general election:

0%-25% - 959

26%-50% - 178

51%-75% - 203

76%-94% - 253

95% and over - 93

2006 general election:

0%-25% - 946

26%-50% - 188

51%-75% - 155

76%-94% - 232

95% and over – 115

2008 general election:

0%-25% - 902

26%-50% - 186

51%-75% - 174

76%-94% - 244

95% and over - 96

2011 general election:

0%-25% - 912

26%-50% - 168

51%-75% - 166

76%-94% - 252

95% and over - 90

The data show that over the five elections measured there is no substantive difference in how many candidates spent within each category per election. For the five elections represented, 58% of the 8,320 candidates spent 25% or less, 11% spent 26% to 50%, 10% spent 51% to 75%, 15% spent 76% to 94%, and 6% spent 95% or more of their expenses limits in all elections.

On the bottom of the graph there are the following notes:

Bill C-24: *Amendments to the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act*. Introduced publicly-funded quarterly allowances and contribution limits, brought EDAs, nomination and leadership contests into the regulatory system, increased reimbursements of paid regulatory system, increased reimbursements of paid election expenses and political contribution tax credits.

Bill C-2: The *Federal Accountability Act*. This legislation further reduced contribution limits and restricted eligibility to individuals only.