Canadian government not apologizing for G8, G20 summit costs

Posted Sep 24, 2010 by Andrew Moran
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative government are not providing any apologies for the astronomical costs for the G8 and G20 summits. The total cost of the summits amounted to $1.2 billion.
Police vehicle on fire near Queen and Spadina.
Police vehicle on fire near Queen and Spadina.
On Friday, Government House leader John Baird announced that the Conservative government and Prime Minister Stephen Harper are proud of what they accomplished at the summits in Toronto and Huntsville.
Although violence engulfed the city of Toronto for an entire weekend during the G20 summit, Baird explained that the $1.2 billion spent went to protect world leaders and make sure the summits went ahead as scheduled, according to The Canadian Press.
“Canada did host the world. We are proud of the summit that produced significant results for both the economy and for those living in the Third World,” said Baird to the House of Commons. “We are also very proud that the security worked so well, given the huge destruction that we saw by riotous protesters.”
Cops in the middle of a large demonstration on Queen Street.
Cops in the middle of a large demonstration on Queen Street.
After the Opposition parties demanded that the government release specific information as to what was spent, it was discovered that $200 million, mostly spent by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Public Works Department, was spent on bug spray, snacks, sun screen, glow sticks, hotel accommodation, portable toilets, the famous security fence, mosquito traps, hand sanitizer, computer equipment, video cameras, binoculars, desks, chairs and bug jackets.
Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose responded to questions on G20 costs during a press conference on Friday where she said the money was spent mostly on security measures and that the Public Works Department has been “transparent and accountable.”
Cop ready to shoot with rubber bullets at a man who climbed a tree.
Cop ready to shoot with rubber bullets at a man who climbed a tree.
“Ninety-three per cent of expenditures were competitively awarded,” said Ambrose in an interview with CTV News. “These are massive, massive organizational undertakings. I think you have to pull back and think of the big picture here. Everyone walked away saying that Canada knows how to host the world, and come out on top.”
Here is a brief list on the amount of money that was spent on certain items:
Hotel accommodation: $10 million
RCMP vehicle rentals: $5 million
Security fence: $4.4 million
Glow sticks: $14,000
Pickle Barrel snacks: $85,000
Mosquito traps: $26,000
Binoculars: $60,000
Computer equipment: $600,000
Cameras and video cameras: $250,000
Portable toilets: $439,000
Boxed lunches: $2 million
Sunscreen, bug spray and hand sanitizer: $333,831
Furniture: $735,000
Solar lighting: $207,900
Digital-pen system: $138,446
Memory sticks: $1,399
Flag poles: $31,390
Sirens: $98,225
Notebooks: $13,061
Lease of the Sheraton Toronto Centre: $5 million
Lease of the Toronto airport: $12 million