Tory candidate spent most, but lost in Burnaby-New Westminster

Burnaby-New Westminster MP Peter Julian of the NDP had more than triple the local donations of Conservative candidate Paul Forseth in the federal election in May, but Forseth had more dollars at his disposal thanks to his party.

According to campaign disclosures recently released by Elections Canada, Julian collected $46,310 from 238 contributors while Forseth picked up $13,689 from 51. But Forseth received almost $55,000 from the Tories for a total of $82,145 in contributions. The NDP gave Julian $34,300 to work with to give him a total of $81,407.

However, during the campaign Julian outspent Forseth $74,175 to $70,987.

Summaries of contributions and expenses for Liberal candidate Garth Evans and Green Party’s Carrie McLaren were not included in the documents.

Meanwhile, the Conservative candidate who sought to steal NDP MP Fin Donnelly’s seat in New Westminster-Coquitlam out-raised and out-spent him by tens of thousands of dollars.

Diana Dilworth, a Port Moody city councillor, collected $115,003 in contributions—including $95,000 from the Tory riding association—while Donnelly took in $70,262 in donations, including $56,463 from his party.

Dilworth also racked up $85,804 in expenses (including advertising, surveys, office supplies and salaries) compared with Donnelly’s $69,420, and she claimed $1,860 in personal expenses versus $599 for Donnelly.

The Green Party challenger, Rebecca Helps reported $3,165 in campaign donations and billed $2,238 in expenses, the Elections Canada documents show.

Figures for Liberal contender Ken Beck Lee were not available; he was granted an extension and was due to file his disclosure documents this week.

Donnelly won the riding for a second time, collecting 45.9% of the votes cast versus Dilworth’s 41.5%; Lee scored 8.1% while Helps garnered 4.3%.

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