An analysis of political contributions by The Canadian Press found the New Democrats have raised more money from estate donations than any other political party.The article notes that the Liberal Party and the Conservative Party, those of the big-money, richy-rich donor fame, collectively received $66,500 ($56,500 Con, $10,000 Lib) - not even 20% of the amount the NDP rake in. The Communists receive just under $23,000, and the Greens about $22,000.
Fifteen people have bequeathed the party more than $400,000 in recent years.
Half that came from the estate of Ruth Millicent Hass. The long-time resident of the small town of Kaleden in British Columbia's Okanagan valley died in April 2010 at age 89 and left the NDP a staggering $210,000.
... The New Democrats also got big chunks of change from the estates of Anne Murray Powell, of Toronto, who left the party $85,000 this year, and Barbara Armitage, of Duncan, B.C., who bequeathed $39,000.
Really? I mean, I don't care what you do with your money when you pass on, and leaving it to political parties you support makes a certain amount of sense. But $400K in total? Yeesh. Some people are obviously committed.