They're off. The start to B.C.'s official pre-campaign period for the 2013 election campaign is well underway.
Day one of the pre-campaign would have been an easy miss, coming as it did on the same day a meteor crashed to earth and the Canucks fell to the Dallas Stars.
Heck, Elections BC didn't even post a news release to honour the occasion on its website.
But as of February 15th, B.C.'s political parties are now restricted to spending no more than $1.15 million each and their 85 candidates a combined $6.2 million before the actual election writ is dropped in April, at which point they'll be able to spend a further $4.6 million and their candidates another $6.2 million.