Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines say they spent $9,600 in advertising for Kitimat’s plebiscite, between print and radio ads.
That breaks down to $6,500 in print and $3,100 on radio advertisements.
Northern Gateway spokesperson Ivan Giesbrecht said they felt that the discussion in the community about which side of the vote has spent more had “become a distraction” from the real issues, such as their estimate of 180 long term jobs and estimated $5 million in annual property taxes to the District of Kitimat.
“This has been an important part of fulfilling our responsibility to engage and share information about our project with the residents of Kitimat,” said Giesbrecht in providing the numbers.
Earlier in the week, Douglas Channel Watch had released their own spending on advertising for the plebiscite campaign.
They say they spent a total of $10,970 on print, $2,600 on radio with another $792.92 on supplies. That totals $14,362.92.
In releasing their figures, Douglas Channel Watch had urged Enbridge to do the same. The company had earlier indicated that they would.
Murray Minchin said that since the campaigning began for the plebiscite donations have poured in.
“…people began handing money to us while we were putting up lawn signs, or downtown, and somebody even left an anonymous $2,000 money order in one of our mailboxes” said Minchin.
The final voting day for the plebiscite in Kitimat is April 12. Details on where to vote is available at the District of Kitimat’s website.