The Liberal Party of Canada’s Jan. 9 fundraiser in Kamloops raised as much as $36,300, according to documents filed with Elections Canada.
The luncheon at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre attracted 121 paying guests, with ticket prices set at $300 for the general public, $200 for party Victory Club members (those who donate monthly) and $75 for students.
Terry Lake, the former Kamloops mayor and former provincial health minister, introduced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the event, spurring speculation that Lake may be eyeing a run locally for the Liberal nomination in this year’s federal election.
The fundraiser was also met with protesters of various stripes: the Yellow Vest movement, Indigenous-rights groups, pro-pipeline proponents and anti-pipeline activists.
Those inside the conference centre arrived from a variety of locales, including 86 from Kamloops, 11 from Kelowna, seven from Salmon Arm, four from Vernon, two from St. Ives in the Shuswap, two from Surrey, two from Summerland and one each from Calgary, Canim Lake (near 100 Mile House), Nanaimo, West Kelowna, Enderby, Vancouver and Edmonton.
With the federal election set for Oct. 21, political fundraising has begun, with the Kamloops event the first of the year for the federal Liberals. The party also held fundraisers in St. Catharines, Ont., on Jan. 16, in Sherbrooke, Que., on Jan. 16, in Calgary on Jan. 22, in Edmonton on Jan. 24 and in Toronto on Feb. 1. All fundraisers were held at hotels, except for the Calgary event, which was held at a restaurant/bar.
The Conservative Party of Canada’s lone fundraiser of 2019 was held on Feb. 4 at a private residence in Toronto.
The New Democrats, the Greens, the Bloc Quebecois and the People’s Party have yet to hold fundraisers this year.
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