PUBLICATION OF THE SUMMARY OF THE RETURNS OF ELECTION EXPENSES FOR THE DECEMBER 8, 2008 GENERAL ELECTION



    QUEBEC, June 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Marcel Blanchet, Chief Electoral Officer of
Québec, has made public the Summary of the returns of election expenses of the
parties and candidates having run in the general election held on December 8,
2008. The figures appearing in this summary were taken from the returns of
election expenses submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer by the official
agents of the parties and the candidates.
    It should be recalled that the limit on the election expenses permitted
for all of the political parties and candidates within the context of the
December 8, 2008 general election stood at $54,096 719. The total election
expenses incurred during the election period reached $19,523 182.
    In comparison, for the March 26, 2007 general election, the limit on the
election expenses permitted for all of the political parties and candidates
was $53,641,498 and the expenses incurred totaled $20,668,468.
    For the December 8, 2008 general election, the election expenses of
candidates were limited to $1.15 per elector registered on the list of
electors and, in the case of a political party, to $0.67 per elector
registered on the list of electors in all of the electoral divisions where
this party had an official candidate. In 2007, these limits were respectively
$1.11 and $0.65 per registered elector.

    Here are some data concerning the election expenses of the four parties
represented in the National Assembly for the December 8, 2008 general
election:

    
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                         Limit on election       Total expenses
    Political parties    expenses permitted      incurred
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Action démocratique  Party: $3,845 003       Party: $1,802 010
    du Québec/Equipe     ($3,659,869 in 2007)    ($1,467,082 in 2007)
    Mario Dumont         ----------------------------------------------------
                         Candidates:$6,648 366   Candidates: $1,189 479
                         ($6,411,478 in 2007)    ($1,025,776  in 2007)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Parti libéral du     Party:$3,845 003        Party:$3,023 538
    Québec/ Quebec       ($3,659,869 in 2007)    ($3,564,643 in 2007)
    Liberal Party        ----------------------------------------------------
                         Candidates:$6,648 366   Candidates:$5,586 703
                         ($6,297,927 in 2007)    ($5,939,287  in 2007)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Parti québécois      Party:$3,845 003        Party:$3,818 481
                         ($3,659,869 in 2007)    ($3,411,053  in 2007)
                         ----------------------------------------------------
                         Candidates:$6,648 366  Candidates:$3,270 173
                         ($6,297,927  in 2007)   ($4,399,578 in 2007)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Québec Solidaire     Party:$3,762 788        Party:$597 452
                         ($3,631 116 in 2007)    ($673 372 in 2007)
                         ----------------------------------------------------
                         Candidates:$6,507 204   Candidates: $0
                         ($6,240 525 in 2007)    ($0 in 2007)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    For all parties and candidates, advertising expenses represent nearly 50%
of the total election expenses reported. Among the parties represented in the
National Assembly, it is the Quebec Liberal Party and its candidates that
devoted the largest portion of their election expenses to advertising, with
approximately 52% of the total. The Parti québécois and its candidates devoted
approximately 51% of their expenses to advertising. The Action démocratique du
Québec and its candidates invested approximately 41% of their election
expenses in advertising, while Québec Solidaire devoted approximately 37%. The
other parties taking part in the December 8, 2008 general election spent
between 55% and 100% of their budgets on advertising.
    The rental of premises represents less than 4% of the election expenses
of all parties and candidates.
    Moreover, the Chief Electoral Officer has already paid an advance on the
reimbursement of the election expenses of parties and candidates which
corresponds to 35% of the limit on election expenses of candidates and of the
amount estimated by the official agents of the parties. The amount of this
advance totals $8,214 356.
    Following a detailed audit of the returns of election expenses of the
political parties and candidates, the necessary adjustments will be made so
that the reimbursement equals 50% of the election expenses incurred and paid
in accordance with the Act. The total reimbursement of election expenses
should reach approximately $9,700 000, whereas it stood at approximately
$10,200,000 in 2007. It should be noted that in order to obtain a
reimbursement, a candidate must have been elected or have obtained at least
15% of the valid votes. In the case of a political party, it must have
obtained at least 1% of the valid votes.

    You can examine the summary of the returns of election expenses by
visiting the web-site of the Chief Electoral Officer at the following address:
www.electionsquebec.qc.ca, in the Financing Rules section, or by contacting
the Information Centre at (418) 528-0422 (Québec City region) or 1 888
ELECTION (1 888 353-2846) (outside the Québec City region).
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For further information:

For further information: Cynthia Gagnon, Service de l'information, (418)
644-3320, 1 888 870-3320, cgagnon@dgeq.qc.ca

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