Most Canadians wouldn't even have thought about checking in with Elections Canada, and their records.
The public has been leaving that up to the News gatherers, until now. And then there's the CBC comments page, where as of June 18, 2012, 2:15pm PST, its(374) results.
No addresses though, but that doesn't matter, because if you go to Elections Canada and look up any Candidate who wants to become a Member of Parliament of Canada (MP), all of their donations are listed, and tallied, on a sheet like this, for one Del Mastro, Dean.
Why do a tally? Well there are laws in this country that sets a maximum spending limit on how much a Candidate can have to run a ....fair.... not the right word....a chance...... to win a Seat. If someone were to have the use of an unlimited amount of cash, for advertising purposes....anyone could win an election, including daffy duck.
The only thing that is ACTIVE on the real document on the results above, is the Name of the Donor. A click on the name generates the town and the province, AND a Postal Code that the donor resides at.
The BBC is from the west coast of Canada, any Ridings east of the Rockie Mountains is unfamiliar territory, except for the high profile ones, like Peterborough, now.
Each Riding has a different spending limit, supposedly based on many different factors. Population, the ease of meeting and greeting the voters, weather conditions, etc. What else could be a factor?
www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=ele&document...dir...6 Jun 2011 – Final Candidates Election Expenses Limits: 41st General Election.
2008 eg. Code 35071 Peterborough 92,566.79
2011 eg. Code 35071 Peterborough 95,207.51
population of 116,626 with 91,709 registered voters and 245 polling divisions.
Equivalent, something familiar to the Readers of BC in two election years:
2008 eg. Code 59024 Saanich–Gulf Islands 91,825.23
2011 eg. Code 59024 Saanich–Gulf Islands 95,460.07
population of 115,724 with 93,380 registered voters and 228 polling divisions.
2011 eg. Code 59020 Okanagan–Coquihalla 95,494.58
population of 107,316 with 86,195 registered voters and 203 polling divisions.
Interesting, the last one eh, must have been a lot of last minute sign-ups around Kelowna in the above
There is another program within Election Canada which spells out which Postal Code is in which Riding, and in the instance of Peterborough there were many, from the list of 19 donors who reside outside of Peterborough and funnily there were two that the Postal Code was too close to call. Turns out the Postal Code is not good enough, the mailing address would be needed.
From La Presse.ca there's this Interactive Map in conjunction with Google Earth. All you need to do is select from the Province, which Riding you want. The object here for La Presse was to show how each Political Party fared in an Election.... like in 2008.
Then there's this screenshot above, of a Google Earth Map showing the Postal Code donation locations, that poured into Peterborough from outside, and from within the Riding. As someone said, "we're only three hours away", actually Google Map says that from L7K 0X3 to Peterborough its 189 km, 2 hours 21 mins....... That's pretty impressive although that might be a TOLL Road.
For British Columbian readers, that's like driving from Downtown Vancouver, BC to halfway between Britton Rest Stop (just past the Summit) on the Coquihalla Highway, and Merritt, BC....... Yeah, Yeah, we know, after Hope and not quite to Downtown Merritt, nobody lives on that stretch of the Coquihalla, whereas the Peterborough Riding has a population of 116,626 with 91,709 registered voters.
From the photo way up top, there were 19 donations to Del Mastro, Dean. The ones on the map above are for the Ten who donated $1000. What's curious is that in the Montreal Gazette article "Larry" says he and his wife, daughter-in-law and his son, each contributed $ 1,000, but the last two don't show up on the list up top. If they did contribute then there should have been 21 names, not 19. They must have donated to the CPC instead.
Finally, here's Wikipedia showing the Peterborough Riding. The RED is not an indication of the political party standing in 2008, its just for the purpose of highlighting Peterborough from the other Ridings that are in White with black boundary lines.
And finally this is a closer look at Peterborough in 2008. Hey there is a stretch, or two, that is similar to the Coquihalla.