Elected Liberal MP Ellis Ross collected the most financial contributions in last May’s election, at $97,564.71, compared to NDP Bruce Bidgood $66,500. Merv Richie from the LAW party is late reporting. In photo L-R are Bidgood, Richie, and Ross.

Skeena region polical parties report election expenses

Liberal Ellis Ross received $97,564.71, NDP Bruce Bidgood $66,500, and Merv Richie is late reporting

The 2017 Provincial General Election financing reports are out and one candidate in the Skeena riding didn’t file his report on time.

Merv Ritchie, candidate for the newly formed Land Air Water (L.A.W.) Party, did not file by the deadline so he will have to pay a late filing fee of $500 and has until Sept. 7 to get his report submitted.

Election financing reports must be filed with the Chief Electoral Officer within 90 days after a provincial election.

The filing deadline for the reports was 4:30 p.m. on August 8, 2017. The reports include expenses of each filer and information regarding contributions received.

Candidates can ask for an extension to file their financial reports.

Skeena Liberal MLA Ellis Ross, filed his financial report Aug. 8, received $5,700 in political contributions and $91,314.71 in transfers from the BC Liberal Party. His nomination deposit refund was $250 and other income totalled $300.

His grand total was $97,564.71 and his total expenditures came to $93,957.32.

NDP candidate Bruce Bidgood, who filed his financial report July 28, received $12,308 in political contributions and $53,942.31 in transfers from the BC NDP.

Adding in his nomination deposit refund of $250, his grand total was $66,500 and total expenditures came to $67,480.