Toronto, July 1, 2010
- The 9-day visit to Canada by Queen Elizabeth II and
Prince Philip is predicted to cost the
public in excess of $9 million.
In documents released to Citizens for a Canadian
Republic through access to information, it's estimated
that up to $3.9 million of public funds could be spent
to cover such expenditures as:
$1 million for the
Queen's attendance in Ottawa on Canada Day,
$645,000 for royal
visit staff salaries,
$500,000 for the
official dinner in Toronto (500 guests at $1,000 per
$250,000 for gifts,
$150,000 for the
luncheon in Halifax.
In addition, security by municipal police forces is
expected to balloon the amount even higher. On April 27,
the City of Ottawa announced an additional $3 million
will be spent on policing for the visit. A police
spokesperson said the city will be looking for
reimbursement from the federal government.
No estimates have yet been obtained about the cost of
local police forces in Halifax, Toronto, Waterloo and
Winnipeg, or the impact during the tour to local
businesses due to street closures and traffic
restrictions. However, policing in Toronto alone is
expected to at least match Ottawa's.
The cost projections do not include those incurred by
the Department of National Defense, the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police, Public Works and Government Services
Canada, and Health Canada.
Also, the documents revealed some costs may be shared
with the provinces and that the final list of
expenditures may be adjusted and re-released this
"To put it in perspective," says CCR director Tom Freda,
"the estimate is easily half the entire annual budget
operating the office of the Governor General, which, per
capita, is roughly what most parliamentary republics pay
for a ceremonial president."
"Why are Canadian taxpayers forced to pay for a
duplicate and redundant head of state which, according
to every opinion poll taken in the last five years,
Canadians either care little about or just simply don't
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Opinion poll link : May 25, 2010 - Only 33% favour Canada
remaining a monarchy, 52% support reopening Canada’s
constitutional debate to discuss replacing the monarch
with an elected head of state, 32% are opposed.