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OTTAWA — As the NDP faces questions about money it received from labour unions for convention advertising, newly-released financial reports show unions spent more than $400,000 on political ads during the spring federal election campaign.
Reports filed with Elections Canada show public sector and trade unions funded third-party ad buys in newspapers, websites and on radio across the country leading up to voting day on May 2.
Most of the union-funded ads were non-partisan on their face, but opposition parties were the likely beneficiaries of campaigns that questioned the wisdom of cutting public service jobs — as advocated by the Conservatives.
Among the biggest advertisers was the Public Service Alliance of Canada, which spent $134,000, mostly on a radio blitz the day before Canadians went to the polls.