A leadership contestant is a person seeking to be the leader of a registered party. A leadership contest is the procedure by which a registered party selects a new leader.
Leadership contestants must register with Elections Alberta, maintain up-to-date registration information, and submit a financial return to disclose their financial activities. Parties must inform Elections Alberta before they hold a leadership contest and must report the results following the contest. For the complete guide on leadership contest fundraising, spending, and reporting rules click here. For advertising guidelines click here.
A registered leadership contestant can only accept contributions from persons ordinarily resident in Alberta and only during the leadership contestant’s campaign period. Contributions can be money or in-kind donations of goods or services.
The maximum a contestant can receive is $4,243 per person during the campaign period. Contestants who spend their own funds for their leadership campaign can claim a contribution up to the $4,243 maximum; any amounts over the maximum must be reimbursed to the contestant by their campaign.
The contestant’s chief financial officer is responsible for issuing official contribution receipts for contributions received (including contributions by the contestant), which contributors can claim for non-refundable personal income tax credits on their tax return.
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A registered leadership contestant or any person acting on the contestant’s behalf can hold an event during the leadership contestant’s campaign period only, to raise funds for their campaign. Examples of fundraising events include a luncheon, meet & greet, car rally, golf tournament, silent auction etc. Rules apply on who can pay to attend or who can donate/bid at a silent auction.
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There is no limit on the amount a registered leadership contestant can spend on their campaign.
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Leadership contestants must disclose their financial activities to Elections Alberta by filing a campaign period return within four months after the last day of voting for the leadership contest. The campaign period return includes:
- a financial statement,
- detailed list of all contributions received including contributor names, addresses and amounts contributed,
- detailed list of all campaign expenses, and
- supporting information and documents relating to the campaign return.
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View registration and financial information for leadership contestants and contests.
Online Financial System (OFS)
Registered leadership contestants and their chief financial officers are granted access to Elections Alberta’s secure Online Financial System to enter and submit financial reports.
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