May 03, 2015

New "Trudeaumania" is a media myth: Liberals' declining donation numbers prove it

Brian LilleyArchive

Trudeamania may be sweeping the media but the latest fundraising numbers show it isn't catching on outside of Official Ottawa.

In the business of politics, dollars count almost as much as votes.

And as you'll see in my report, the Liberals are losing donors year over year.


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commented 2015-05-06 06:11:34 -0400
“Liberals’ declining donation numbers prove it” is a false premise. In the Liberal and NDP camps the mantra has always been “Use other people’s money.” Their policies are driven by a mindset that OTHER PEOPLE will pay. Equating declining Liberal donations with diminishing Trudeaumania is dangerous. He’s still very much a shiny pony.
commented 2015-05-06 02:11:39 -0400
Even this video is heavily biased in its reporting. It’s omitting context.

“With a median household income of $60,000 per year, Conservative constituents are richer than their Liberal and NDP counterparts, who have a median household income of $49,000 per year.” (2011 Election) (

Using the numbers in this video, Conservative donors donated an average of $153.07, Liberals $110.05, and NDP $78.40. And using the above statistics, this really shouldn’t be surprising considering the average Conservative makes $916 more per month and lives in Western Canada and Northern Ontario where living costs are cheaper.

Please, provide context. Thanks.
commented 2015-05-05 17:35:55 -0400
The original " Trudeaumania" was a lot of hype. Didn’t agree with Pierre much but, since the 60’s/70’s until now he has been the only Pm that seemed to have any balls at all. Since then all we’ve had are sorry excuses for leaders of our country. I think that Kathleen Wynne has scuttled anything positive for the Liberals in Ontario and probably the rest of Canada.
commented 2015-05-04 20:32:38 -0400
Even Liberals can spot an idiot some of the time…
commented 2015-05-04 18:39:02 -0400
Don’t count l’il Justin out yet.
He had his picture taken with Wynne and Benny-the-Diddler – and that counts for a lot in Ontario.
commented 2015-05-04 16:47:16 -0400
My best friend happens to be a liberal, We are on both sides of the political spectrum. He has a degree in Political science, he has taught at some universities and has written a few books, and has the ear of people that are high in up in the Liberal party. And when Justin Trudeau was picked as leader. He was told by the higher ups,the only reason Trudeau was picked because of chraisma, that’s it, this is all the Liberal party could offer. My friend knows Trudeau is not that smart, he has interviewed Justin a few times and came away with the notion of his intelligence.
commented 2015-05-04 10:15:04 -0400
“joe….. are you expecting mulcair and/or trudeau to actually put their own money where their mouths are? " … A Lib/NDP spin-doctor would reply: “Each of them are making regular monthly contributions of $125, which will total $1,500 by years end”.

But of course the LPC/NDP would prefer an early lump sum payment of $1,500, especially in an election year. Trudeau especially comes across as chintzy … certainly not very inspiring to his LPC base. Mr. & Mrs Harper obviously get it, about perception, leadership, commitment to the Party, etc.
commented 2015-05-04 10:15:04 -0400
“Trudeaumania” was a partisan media-concocted con the first time around. As usual the GTA-Montreal centric media were projecting the acceptance of PET marketing in those places as a “national” phenomena when in fact "Trudeaumania was pretty much restricted to the metro areas where the “Trudeaumania” media was located.

Out in the Canadian hinterlands and PET fly-over country, Canadians were not overly impressed with the media hype and even less impressed with PET’s arrogant Montreal-centric lifestyle and attitudes. I suspect the latest rash of “Trudeaumania” is just the second wave of media hype pimping the dynasty of a favorite newsmaker.
commented 2015-05-04 09:54:11 -0400
Until the vote is over I will be apprehensive. It ain’t over till Harper has another majority.
commented 2015-05-04 09:22:18 -0400
I could live with the liquor and the pool, as liquor could be justified as a hospitality investment for political and business entertaining and the pool would be justified as improvements to the property which might potentially improve its property value, Trudeau and family’s personal enjoyment of the pool notwithstanding.

Yes, these were both examples of a liberal excesses and arguably a misuse of the public dime but were also largely politically neutral and finally forgivable. What irks me more was Trudeau’s several publically funded trips to hob nob with his totalitarian buddy Castro in communist Cuba while imposing the draconian/totalitarian National Energy Policy at home which was effectively an Ottawa money grab of Alberta’a energy wealth.
commented 2015-05-03 20:41:00 -0400
PET acted like a third world dictator and felt he owned the country. So the pool and liquor were part of his deserved lifestyle. He was decadent and used Canadian taxpayers money to succour terrorists. More fool those that elected him.
commented 2015-05-03 20:27:02 -0400
@ Rick
Certainly the pool and liquor were more for the betterment of Canada that Pierre was.
commented 2015-05-03 19:47:17 -0400
I might add that Justin’s father, Pierre, believed the taxpayer should fund everything. Even the liquor in the (then PM) Pierre’s personal cabinet at 24 Sussex. And the pool, which remained as it could not be moved. But was the pool (and liquor) really necessary to the betterment of this country? I have my doubts.
commented 2015-05-03 18:44:34 -0400
“the senate has been out of control for a long time” – Rick, you are quite right, as you are all. I believe we have not yet heard the results of the audits on the rest of the Senators, which took place after the first three. The Upper Class does have its Entitlements (Redford).
Thanks for that, Brian. Without SNN I’ve lost touch with the News, what are the Polls saying these days? If the Liberals are also declining in the Polls, maybe there is hope.
commented 2015-05-03 18:26:13 -0400
“Meanwhile, a Search for Contributions at the Elections Canada website reveals the following contributions so far in 2015:
PM Harper … $1,500
Laureen Harper … $1,500
Thomas Mulcair … $375
Justin Trudeau … $375” Wow, that really says it all. Nothing like putting your money where your mouth is, to use an old expression. Especially in Justin’s case. Isn’t he a millionaire? Guess he’s bought into the lefty mantra that taxpayers should pay for everything………..
commented 2015-05-03 18:24:30 -0400
joe….. are you expecting mulcair and/or trudeau to actually put their own money where their mouths are?
commented 2015-05-03 18:16:12 -0400
Meanwhile, a Search for Contributions at the Elections Canada website reveals the following contributions so far in 2015:
PM Harper … $1,500
Laureen Harper … $1,500
Thomas Mulcair … $375
Justin Trudeau … $375

commented 2015-05-03 17:54:21 -0400
Not enough cash coming in from the Muslim community, Trudeau? Boo-hoo.
commented 2015-05-03 16:17:46 -0400
“The original Trudeaumania was a creation of the CBC.”

Yes, their unhealthy obsession with him is sycophantism in the most deprave definition. They treat him as their “messiah”. It is truly disgusting.
commented 2015-05-03 14:28:02 -0400
The original Trudeaumania was a creation of the CBC. The masses fell for it and a profane and perverse man who supported international terrorism was crowned. He left an indelible mark on Canada that probably can never be erased. A new Trudeaumania might not happen as fewer folk watch the MSM and half the country won’t vote anyway. Unfortunately the 4 main parties have nothing to offer long term. As immigrants continue to pour in they may create a new political landscape crying out for responsible government.
commented 2015-05-03 13:51:27 -0400
Rick Plesnik – " Legislation states no Corporate donations (and a Liberal Gov’t brought that in!)."

Rick, that was legislated through the Federal Accountability Act which the Conservatives brought in. Unions are legal corporate entities, not de facto.

Your point about the MSM and the senate is bang on.
commented 2015-05-03 13:42:53 -0400
Money talks. Hopefully this will preview another Conservative Gov’t come fall. Legislation states no Corporate donations (and a Liberal Gov’t brought that in!). Unions could be considered de facto Corporations, as they share some of the same structure practices. Why are they allowed to interfere? Are the lefy beaurocrats in Elections Canada not interested unless it is something they feel they can pin on the Conservatives? Look at the MSM obsession with the Duffy trial. Fact is, the senate has been out of control for a long time even preceding the current Gov’t with some of the “Liberal” senators (despite what Trudeau says) being worse offenders. Mac Harb as case in point.
commented 2015-05-03 13:18:12 -0400
And Conservatives need to keep giving to ensure that Mr. Harper wins a majority government.
commented 2015-05-03 13:08:13 -0400
Joan – “Remember we need a majority to hang onto power. Without it, we face a leftist coalition.”

Now on this we can agree. :)

I have no doubt that if Harper wins a minority, the NDP and Liberals will form a coalition government. They lust for power and will take it even if they were not voted into it.
commented 2015-05-03 13:03:37 -0400
Let’s hope so Vlad the media party is always wrong as they live in the downtown of Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver et al. If you watch the media party you wonder what plante the’re on it’s not ours.
commented 2015-05-03 13:01:19 -0400
Of course the Liberals are slipping. The latest abacus poll shows them down 8 points behind the Conservatives.

We oughtn’t to underestimate the NDP. Not that I think they can win the nation. But unions are investing consderable resources in some constituencies, including my own, to try to get a win.

Check out our NDP candidate at and compare him to the new Conservative Candidate replacing Barry Devolin, at

Our constituency is traditionally Conservative but went red when John Tory ran. Mike Perry has already been campaigning for months. He is a high profile professional with tons of local business and social connections.

Unions have a lot of cash and are committed to spending it on stars like Perry.

Remember we need a majority to hang onto power. Without it, we face a leftist coalition.

Unless … and here’s an idea that may offend … we form a Harper-Mulcair coalition to defeat the dangerous Liberals. Only in the event of a minority. Eh? Don’t rule it out.
commented 2015-05-03 12:57:41 -0400
Troodo may loose is seat is appropriate since he has already lost his mind by listening to Gerald Butts (hole)!
commented 2015-05-03 12:48:52 -0400
Can’t wait to see troodo’s pro-castro/pro-communist speeches that he made in the past hit the airwaves in the fall.

Troodo is a gnat and is going to get the beating of a lifetime – he may even lose his seat.