Elections Canada

Elections Canada

January 05, 2007 18:09 ET

Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Announces Fourth Quarter Allowances Paid to Registered Political Parties

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 5, 2007) - The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Jean-Pierre Kingsley, announced that the payment of the allowances that qualified registered parties are entitled to receive for the fourth quarter has been made.

A registered party that obtained at least 2 percent of all valid votes cast at a general election or at least 5 percent of the valid votes cast in the electoral districts in which it ran a candidate in a general election is eligible for a quarterly allowance, according to subsection 435.01(1) of the Canada Elections Act.

Each registered party that is eligible for the allowance will receive a quarterly payment that is equivalent to $0.4375 per valid vote it obtained in the most recent general election preceding the quarter for which the payment is being made, according to subsection 435.01(2) of the Act.

In accordance with section 435.01 of the Canada Elections Act, the quarterly allowance for the period from October 1, 2006, to December 31, 2006, was calculated based on the number of votes parties received in the 39th general election held on January 23, 2006, multiplied by the inflation adjustment factor of 1.070 that is in effect for the period from April 1, 2006, to March 31, 2007.

The process followed for the calculation of the inflation adjustment factor is as follows:

1. The numerator is the annual average Consumer Price Index, as published by Statistics Canada under the authority of the Statistics Act, for the calendar year immediately before April 1, 2006, calculated on the basis of 1992 being equal to 100. For the year 2005, this factor is 127.3.

2. The denominator is 119.0, which is the annual average Consumer Price Index, as published by Statistics Canada under the authority of the Statistics Act, for 2002, calculated on the basis of 1992 being equal to 100.

127.3/119.0 equals 1.070 "Inflation Adjustment Factor"



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Political party Payment amount
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Bloc Quebecois $727,092
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Conservative Party of Canada $2,515,737
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Green Party of Canada $310,867
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Liberal Party of Canada $2,096,926
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New Democratic Party $1,212,255
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Additional information is available at www.elections.ca under Electoral Law, Policy and Research/Information Sheets/Annual Allowances for Political Parties.

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