The Conservative Party of Quebec, newly under the leadership of Éric Duhaime, has received more individual donations than any other established political party in Quebec.
The Conservative Party of Quebec received donations from 4018 donors, while the Coalition Avenir Québec which is currently the party in power with a majority government, received 3708.
Duhaime was elected as the leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec on April 18th, 2021. Duhaime managed to boost the membership base of the party to over 11,000, more than the CAQ’s last membership figures.
Duhaime is an ex-columnist and radio host. He co-founded the Réseau Liberté-Québec in 2010. Duhaime’s political leanings are considered to be conservative and libertarian.
Previous to Duhaime seeking the leadership, the Conservative Party of Quebec was a relatively unknown political force, gaining 1% to 2% of the total vote in provincial elections.
Duhaime’s win in the leadership race and strong momentum could result in unexpected gains in the next election.
The most recent poll has put the Conservative Party of Quebec at 8% nationally.
The Liberal Party ranked last with only 1178 donors.
Number of donors by party for the year 2021, as of June 8 (according to the DGEQ website):
1- Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ): 4018
2- Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ): 3708
3- Parti québécois (PQ): 3611
4- Québec solidaire (QS): 1747
5- Quebec Liberal Party (QLP): 1178
Éric Duhaime, leader of the PCQ, reacted positively to the news in a press release:
“We may be a party that only got 1.5% of the vote in the last election and yet the members of the conservative family, which is growing every day, are the most numerous contributors to the party. That’s more than any other in Quebec.
Beyond the amount given by each of them, what really counts for me is the total number of donors. There can be no clearer sign of a strong and vibrant activist base. Every day I talk to many enthusiastic people, people write to us, they want to get involved in advancing our ideas for democratic rights and individual freedoms in their region so that it will spread throughout Quebec.
People offer us not only money but also their time and that is precious. Quebec conservatives are extraordinary! “