It was one of the biggest campaigns ever run by the NDP in Maple Ridge-Mission - and yet, despite a price tag higher than $100,000, Mike Bocking couldn't secure a seat in the May 14 provincial election.
Bocking spent $104,880 on his campaign, the most of the eight local candidates whose election financial disclosure forms show a range between his and the lowest at $340.
Bocking's expenditures were $30,000 more than his main rival, BC Liberal Marc Dalton, but he was still unable to unseat the incumbent.
Bocking said the NDP is currently examining why it lost the election, and a report will be given in November.
However, he said the "socalled" positive campaign was a "major, major factor."
"In a political street fight, you need to be aggressive, holding your opponent to account," he said.
Dalton chalked up the BC Liberals' win to staying "very focused" on their message, the economy, and the presence of the premier on the campaign trail.
Elections BC released the financial statements of the May 14 election candidates on Monday.
The difference in election expenditures between the two Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows candidates, however, wasn't as wide as between Bocking and Dalton.
Elizabeth Rosenau, who ran unsuccessfully in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows riding, spent $61,491 on her campaign whereas Doug
Bing, the BC Liberal candidate who won, spent $50,220.
The BC Conservative Party's candidate for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, Manuel Pratas, spent $1,320, while his counterpart in Maple Ridge-Mission, Chad Thompson, spent $340.
Michael Patterson, the Green Party candidate in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows spent $993 on his election campaign, and Alex Pope, the Green candidate for Maple Ridge-Mission spent $1,995.
Provincially, the BC Liberal Party spent about $11.7 million on the election whereas the BC NDP spent about $9.4 million.
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