N.W.T. MP spent less on campaign than rivals

Western Arctic's Conservative and Liberal candidates spent more on federal election campaigns than NDP winner.

Conservative candidate spent the most on election expenses at $87,000

Money didn't necessarily translate into votes in the North in the last federal election.

In the N.W.T., Conservative Party candidate Sandy Lee was the biggest spender, doling out just over $87,000, and finished in second place.

Western Arctic NDP MP Dennis Bevington's campaign spent about $53,000 on election expenses last year, less than both the Conservative and Liberal candidates who finished second and third. (CBC file)

Liberal Joe Handley spent nearly $65,000 to finish third.

The winner, incumbent NDPer Dennis Bevington, spent less than both – about $53,000.

"There wasn't really anything we didn't do for lack of money," said Bevington’s campaign manager Mark Heyck.

"We typically set out a campaign plan with a fairly detailed budget and we fundraise to meet that. We don't want to go into debt at any point or have unpaid bills at the end of the campaign. So we basically raised the money we needed and did what we needed to do."

All three candidates got much of their funding from their parties and riding associations.

Handley's campaign didn't rely on any donations from individuals.

In Yukon, incumbent Liberal Larry Bagnell and winning Conservative candidate Ryan Leef both spent about $80,000 on their campaigns. Green Party candidate John Streicker, who finished third, spent about $42,500, and the NDP’s Kevin Barr spent just under $30,000.

In Nunavut, incumbent Conservative Leona Aglukkaq and Liberal candidate Paul Okalik both spent about $60,000. NDP candidate Jack Hicks, who finished third, spent about $7,500 on his campaign.

Under Elections Canada rules, any campaign with more than 10 per cent of the vote is entitled to be reimbursed 60 per cent of paid expenses.