Vancouver business owner Gavin Dew listens to Kelowna-Mission MLA Renee Merrifield at a B.C. Liberal leadership debate, November 2021. (B.C. Liberal Party video)

Vancouver business owner Gavin Dew listens to Kelowna-Mission MLA Renee Merrifield at a B.C. Liberal leadership debate, November 2021. (B.C. Liberal Party video)

Nearly $94k contributed to Kelowna MLA’s bid to become B.C. Liberal leader

Renee Merrifield finished in sixth spot in a field of seven candidates in February’s leadership race

Kelowna-Mission MLA Renee Merrifield spent just over $135,000 in her bid to try and become leader of the B.C. Liberal Party.

That’s about eight times less than what winner Kevin Flacon spent on his campaign at $1,078,220.32.

Contributions to Merrifield’s campaign came to $93,901.30, with an additional $15,000 transferred from the Liberal party, for a total of $108,901.30 according to documents released by Elections BC. She spent a total of $135,267.87.

Falcon’s financial documents show he received $923,576.18 in donations, with $106,780 transferred from the party. Documents also show two $20,000 ‘permissible loans or guarantees’ in May and June of 2021 under the Kevin Falcon Leadership Campaign.

Merrifield finished in sixth spot in a field of seven candidates in February’s leadership race.

**Note: This story has been corrected and updated from a previous version.**

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