Elections Canada has released the amount of funds candidates spent during the federal election campaign this spring in the Cariboo-Prince George riding.
Conservative Dick Harris took the riding with 56 per cent of the popular vote, Van Barneveld was second earning 30 per cent, six per cent went to Green candidate Heidi Redl, five per cent to Liberal Sangeeta Lalli, one per cent to Christian Heritage Party’s Henry Thiessen and less than one per cent to Independent Jon Ronan and Rhinoceros party candidate Jordan Turner.
In winning the riding, Harris spent $53,978, $23,786 of which was on advertising, $6,919 on office expenses, and $14, 673 on wages.
Independent Jon Ronan was the second-highest spender, laying out $23,805 on his campaign, $7,012 of which was for advertising, $636 on office expenses, and $13,000 for wages.
NDP candidate Jon Van Barneveld paid out a total of $8,467, $4,846 of which was on advertising, and $3,324 on office expenses.
Five thousand four hundred and thirteen dollars was spent by Liberal candidate Sangeeta Lalli, of which $1,001 went to advertising, and $4,253 to election surveys and research.
The Christian Heritage Party’s Henry Thiessen expended a total of $3,655 all of which, it was listed, went to fund campaign advertising. Heidi Redl of the Green party spent $3,596 — the majority of which was also directed to advertising. Jordan Turner of the Rhinoceros party spent the least at $398.