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NDP Spend Over 72% of Election Budget on Out-of-Province Consultants

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Once again, the NDP is caught saying one thing but doing another.

The NDP like to complain about the use of out of province consultants, but their recently released 2016 Election Return shows that nearly three-quarters of the money the NDP spent on their provincial campaign went to consultants and staffers from outside Saskatchewan.

Of the $870,000 the NDP spent on its provincial campaign, over $630,000 went to various political consulting firms from places like Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa and to 19 staffers brought in from places like Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa. 

And what was the result?  A disastrous, tone-deaf campaign where the NDP received their lowest share of popular vote ever and their leader lost his seat.

Certainly, a party may have to go out of province for some services during an election campaign.  But nearly three-quarters of your total spending, from a party that regularly decries the use of out of province consultants?  Pretty hypocritical.

NDP Election Campaign – Out of Province Consultants and Staffers

 

NOW Communications

Vancouver

Advertising

$ 236,642

Psephos Canada

Toronto

Polling and focus groups

118,650

C-Street Campaigns

Toronto

Website/Digital Advertising

83,789

Strategic Communications

Vancouver

Election consulting

61,019

Project X Productions

Ottawa

Sound and lighting

33,104

Research Now

Toronto

Online survey

8,400

Paper Chase Communications

Mississauga

Tour planning

7,345

Netfore Systems

Ottawa

Election support

5,933

Direct Leap Technologies

Toronto

Telemessaging

3,065

IDS Systems

Ottawa

Database support

1,633

19 campaign staffers from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, Burnaby, London, Kitchener, Saanich, Nepean and Mississauga

71,197

   

Total

$ 630,777

 
Total of out of province consultants and staffers: $630,777 or 72.5% of total NDP election spending 

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