Monday, June 28, 2010

The most expensive 72 hours in Canadian history

I found a few articles about G20 costs:

New York Times:
Canada Agog at Security Price Tag for Summit

Here are some quotes:

But critics point out that Canada’s security expenses are several times larger than those of other recent summit meeting hosts.

The security costs for the Group of 20 meeting last year in Pittsburgh, for example, was about $95 million, slightly over a tenth of Canada’s budget, according to a study by Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer.

Until this weekend, the highest security cost for a Group of 20 summit meeting was $345 million for the 2008 meeting in Hokkaido, Japan, the report said.

The Gazette:

Federal government 'transparent' on summit security costs: Watchdog

Here are some quotes: often-quoted figure for the 2009 G20 summit in Pittsburgh was $18 million for security, yet the figure accounted for only overtime costs for local and state police as well as expenses for visiting forces...
While the report does not detail how much money the government would have saved by using the military for security rather than the RCMP, a source said that it could have been "hundreds of millions."
Any comments? I do not even shake my head in disbelief any longer.

1 comment:

  1. Two words: Ruling elite.

    It comes in many forms, democractically elected and appointed by democratically elected leaders for decades, umm dictatorships, dynasties and royal kingdoms....just often seem like different names for the same morally corrupt things.