Conservative Party interim leader Rona Ambrose speaks to reporters about the federal budget on Parliament Hill, Tuesday, March 22, 2016 in Ottawa. (Photo: Justin Tang/CP)Just more than 35,900 Canadians made a contribution to the Liberal party in the first quarter of 2016, exactly 3,400 more donors than the Conservatives reported. The NDP, which fell to third party status in last fall's election after entering the race hoping to win power, collected just $1.3 million in the first quarter, from a donor base less than half the size of the Liberals. Donations to political parties are heavily subsidized through generous tax breaks that cost the federal treasury more than $20 million a year — although a public per-vote subsidy was eliminated by the previous Conservative government.
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