Kevin page, hardly a friend of the Tories has done a study of summit costs at the behest of the dippers. I doubt the dipper grits will be very happy about the report.
OTTAWA — Canada’s budget watchdog says the costs of international leaders gatherings have grown significantly in recent years and there is nothing to show that the nearly $1-billion tab for the G8 and G20 summits in Canada is out of line with other countries.
Kevin Page, in a report released Tuesday, also concludes that the Harper government has been “relatively transparent” about the price tag compared to the silence of other countries in revealing their total costs.
“Hosting these international summits has typically been a very costly undertaking,” said Mr. Page, the parliamentary budget officer.
The report found that costs for the G8 in Huntsville, Ont., are not out of whack compared to other G8 meetings and that there is not enough international information available to draw conclusions about the G20 in Toronto.