(Quebec) Once the party that could boast of being the most likely to attract donations of money from voters, the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ) is today the party with the lowest number of financial contributions from the population.
In 2019, among the four major parties represented in the National Assembly, the PLQ ranks fourth in terms of the number of donations, after the Coalition d’avenir Québec (CAQ), the Parti québécois (PQ) and Québec solidaire (QS), The Chief Electoral Officer tells us, after examining the financial reports produced by each of the parties.
The party led by Dominique Anglade was able to count in 2019 on 4,561 donations, or about half of the CAQ of François Legault, who collected 8,448 contributions in money. The PQ comes second with 7421 donations and QS third with 6295.
In terms of number of donors, the PLQ also had to settle for half of those of the CAQ, with a total of 4,229 donors against 8,275 for the party in power. In this category, it ranks third. The PQ is second with 6,977 donors. QS had 3,458.
Unsurprisingly, given that it is the party that forms the government, the CAQ collected the largest amount in total, namely $ 771,439, followed by the PQ, with $ 455,191, the PLQ, with $ 348,544, and QS, with $ 248,365.
In 2019, all parties combined, Quebecers paid $ 1.8 million to support their favorite political party. The average contribution is $ 78, while the legal maximum is $ 100 annually.
Since the successive changes made to the law on party financing, the bulk of party income now comes from public funds.
Elections Quebec paid 11.2 million to political parties represented in the National Assembly in 2019, including nearly 4 million to the CAQ, 2.4 million to the PLQ, 1.6 million to QS and 1.5 million to the PQ. The marginal parties distributed the rest.
Quebec has a total of 21 recognized political parties.