Here's a rundown, year to year differences:
Liberals 1,831,843.33 (15,230 donors) 2009
Liberals 846,129.37 (10,169 donors) 2008
Conservatives 4,361,540.04 (39,432 donors) 2009
Conservatives 4,954,550.22 (44,345 donors) 2008
NDP 595,611.16 (10,304) 2009
NDP 1,119,647.67 (13,329 donors) 2008
The Liberal numbers were floated a couple days ago, and I can confirm a sense of excitement here in Vancouver, in terms of fiscal momentum. Nobody is under any illusions, the caveat of "much work to do" is always near, but the relative improvement is impressive. Reviewing the donor list, what was a 5 to 1 ratio with the Conservatives, is a much more respectable 3 to 1 (again relatively). Reviewing the other party figures provides another positive for Liberals, with some evidence of apathy within the Conservative base. Ditto for the NDP numbers, who easily post their worst monetary and donor numbers in quite some time. In other words, the only party with positive indicators are the Liberals.
In terms of optics, all this data congeals into a attractive frame for the Liberals, which is elevated by the concurrent drift elsewhere. Work to do, but work being done.