Maxime Bernier was a top Conservative fundraiser before he left the party - 2019-06-12

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F182.png Maxime Bernier was a top Conservative fundraiser before he left the party June 12, 2019, Éric Grenier, CBC News

Before Maxime Bernier left it to start his People's Party, he was one of the Conservative Party of Canada's top fundraisers — but most of the money he brought into his riding association came from contributors who lived in other parts of the country.

The annual financial return for the Beauce Conservative riding association shows that it raised $136,427.79 from 947 contributors in 2018, ranking it first among the 187 Conservative riding association returns that, as of Tuesday, had been filed to and posted by Elections Canada.

That represents a significant increase over the $15,610 raised by the riding association in 2017 — the year Bernier finished a close second to Andrew Scheer in the Conservative Party's leadership race and subsequently asked his supporters to join and donate to his "Mad Max Club" to help him pay off his campaign debts and "defend principled conservative ideas."

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{{cite news | author = Éric Grenier | title = Maxime Bernier was a top Conservative fundraiser before he left the party | url = https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/bernier-fundraising-beauce-1.5170908 | work = CBC News | date = June 12, 2019 | accessdate = June 14, 2019 }}