French G8-G20 Summits Will Cost '10 Times Less’ Than Canada's: Sarkozy 

© 2010 Brad Kempo B.A. LL.B.

Barrister & Solicitor 

 

It may take a degree in political science and law to identify, compile and analyze the facts, figures, statistics and circumstances.  But thereafter common sense kicks in to conclude that two centuries of nepotism and patronage and lengthy Liberal rule in the 20th century are the root causes of all of this country’s political and corporate dysfunctionalities.  The question then becomes what are Canadians going to do about it?  Are they going to resign themselves to systemic corruption that cost them trillions; are they going to ignore a multi-decade violation of our constitution and sovereignty and not even pay lip-service to what patriotism demands?  Or are they going to finally stand up and scream “we’re not going to take it any more” and give the boot to everyone responsible? 

 

 

There are various reasons why the triangle of power and wealth can get away with such atrocious incidents as the billion dollar Summit.   Those who’ve benefited uber-enormously over the decades, i.e., the rich who stole Canada’s prosperity from the middle class, have successfully employed the divide-and-conquer methodology of governance.  And they’ve inundated the citizenry with so much spending waste and formulated policy and fashioned a bureaucracy that so intentionally fail to be efficient and responsive, it created an establishment-benefiting apathy and cynicism of clinical proportions on a nationwide scale that’s reflected in voting polls.   Elections Canada published a revealing chart of turnout since 1867.   That year 73.1% of the population turned out.  In October 2008, 58.8% showed up.   The most marked decline began in October 1993.  

 

 

For the Liberals it was the sponsorship scandal and the $2 billion gun registry.  And the Conservatives will forever and always be tagged as having pushed the ‘unbelievable’ envelop with the billion dollar price tag for the three-day world summit.  If those who are pulling the puppet strings of politicians aren’t stopped, things will never change and the taxpayer will continue to get fleeced.  The RCC initiative is the first and best opportunity to be rid of the old guard, whose convinced it will be gravy train in perpetuity because they see the Canadian public as too stupid and indifferent to do anything about it. 

 

 

Implicit in what international observers have said is that the price tag for the Summits is ridiculous in the extreme, especially in the face of global and domestic fiscal restraint issues.  When pressed to offer his views at the conclusion of a press conference on June 26th, French President Sarkozy conveyed the view the cost is an abomination.  And if it wasn’t Canada's mainstream news wouldn’t have pounded the issue for weeks before the event and the international press wouldn’t have picked up the story. 

 

 

Problematic is that if this billion dollar waste goes unchallenged it not only ratifies the system that led to it, but also this will lead to more excessive extravagance; and, of course, going forward all of Canada’s prosperity will continue be hoarded by the wealthy and their totalitarian and triad partners in crime. 

 

 

 

 

French G8/G20 summits will cost '10 times less' than Canada's: Sarkozy

by John Irish & Yann Le

The Star

June 26, 2010  

 

France will slash the cost of staging the G8 and G20 meetings next year after Canada’s 2010 bill shot up to almost $1 billion for the two summits, President Nicolas Sarkozy said Saturday. 

 

In March, Canada allocated $179 million for security costs at the summits, but the government then shocked lawmakers by revealing the overall cost would total many hundreds of millions of dollars more.

 

Asked to comment on the 800 million euro cost of the Canadian summits, Sarkozy looked to sidestep a diplomatic minefield by saying he had not seen anything overly “opulent or luxurious” at the Canadian summits.

 

“With regard the French G8/G20, even if I can’t confirm the figures that you are talking about in Canada, I can say that in France they will be 10 times less,” Sarkozy told reporters at his closing news conference at the Group of Eight summit of rich nations in Huntsville, Ontario, north of Toronto.  

 

 

Sarkozy: French G8/G20 to cost 10 times less than Canada

by John Irish & Yann Le Guernigou

Reuters (India)

June 26, 2010

 

TORONTO - France will slash the cost of staging the G8 and G20 meetings next year after Canada's 2010 bill shot up to almost $1 billion for the two summits, President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Saturday. 

 

In March, Canada allocated C$179 million for security costs at the summits, but the government then shocked lawmakers by revealing the overall cost would total many hundreds of millions of dollars more.

 

Asked to comment on the 800 million euro cost of the Canadian summits, Sarkozy looked to sidestep a diplomatic minefield by saying he had not seen anything overly "opulent or luxurious" at the Canadian summits.

 

"With regard the French G8/G20, even if I can't confirm the figures that you are talking about in Canada, I can say that in France they will be 10 times less," Sarkozy told reporters at his closing news conference at the Group of Eight summit of rich nations in Huntsville, Ontario, north of Toronto. 

 

Divided world leaders open economic summit

The Jakarta Post

June 26, 2010 

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At a time when leaders were discussing fiscal austerity, Canada's prime minister, Stephen Harper, has come under criticism over the projected costs of the summits, including at least $900 million for security and $2 million for a theme park inside the media center that includes an artificial lake with canoes, trees, deck chairs and a fake dock. 

 

Leaders differ on how to nurture a global recovery

The Times of India

June 26, 2010 

 

At a time when leaders were discussing fiscal austerity, Canada's Harper has come under criticism over the projected costs of the summits, including at least $900 million for security and $2 million for a theme park inside the media centre that includes an artificial lake with canoes, deck chairs and a fake dock.    

 

Canadians object to G20's $1 billion bill

by Andrew Willis

Euro Observer

June 25, 2010   

 

BRUSSELS - World leaders have landed in Canada for a three-day session of meetings in the G8 (25-26 June) and G20 formats (26-27 June), part of the ongoing process of restoring global growth and overhauling the world's financial sector rules. 

 

With international eyes focusing on the potential 'stimulus versus austerity' scrap between different member states, Canadian citizens meanwhile have reacted in uproar at news that the weekend's bill is set to total over $1 billion.

 

Although 90 percent of that cost comes under the 'security' heading, it is a artificial lake intended to impress journalists in the press area that has come in for the heaviest criticism.

 

The controversy may not be helped by the forecast lack of tangible results set to emanate from the two sets of meetings. 

 

Summit costs defy belief

The Star

May 31, 2010 

 

Will Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his fellow leaders come up with anything like $1 billion worth of decisions to justify the Huntsville and Toronto summits? It’s hard to imagine. But that’s the bill taxpayers can expect to foot. 

 

While the Group of Eight and Group of 20 summits will showcase what the Conservatives call Canada’s “unprecedented role on the world stage,” the price tag almost defies belief.

 

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Ottawa is struggling to bolster the fragile recovery, pare spending and honour aid pledges to the poorest. The irony of shelling out $1 billion so that leaders can preach austerity is lost on no one. This is far more than any previous summit.

 

 

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