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McDonald outspent Huntington in Delta South election
The BC Liberals spent $11.75 million this year on their way to a come-from-behind provincial election victory.
The governing party, which listed $8.5 million in donations, out-spent the NDP, which listed spending of $9.4 million and received $9.7 million.
The disclosures released by Elections BC Monday (Aug. 19) include amounts spent before the formal 60-day campaign period when specific limits apply.
The Liberals spent more in advance of the May 15 election. Within the 60-day campaign itself, the Liberals spent nearly $4.3 million to the NDP’s $4.1 million.
In Delta South, the BC Liberals failed to unseat independent incumbent Vicki Huntington despite outspending its opponents. Huntington cruised to victory, defeating BC Liberal candidate and Delta councillor Bruce McDonald by 2,500 votes with 48 per cent of the popular vote.
Huntington spent $70,456 to McDonald’s $106,817. Her biggest donation came from her own pocket ($8,528), followed by contributions from the Sundance Inn Banquet and Catering where she held her election night party ($2,032), and Willard Holdings Inc. ($2,000).
McDonald’s largest corporate and individual donations came from Westshore Terminals ($5,000), Millennium Pacific Greenhouses president Shirvan Bakhtiyari ($3,000), and the New Car Dealers Association of B.C. ($2,500).
Third place finisher, NDP candidate Nic Slater, spent a total of $34,658.
—with files from Kristine Salzmann