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Just the Facts: A comparison of G8 and G20 summit security costs

Posted on June 8, 2010
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To compare the $930 million security costs for the upcoming G8/G20 summits, the University of Toronto’s G8 and G20 Research Groups compiled the following lists showing costs of previous summits. The numbers show that nowhere in the world has a government spent more to host a summit than the Harper Conservatives:

Security Costs: G8
2010 – Canada – $442 million
2009 – Italy – $124 million
2008 – Japan – $280 million
2007 – Germany – $124 million
2006 – Russia – N/A
2005 – United Kingdom – $140 million
2004 – United States – $25 million
2003 – France – N/A
2002 – Canada – $93 million
2001 – Italy – $40 million

Security Costs: G20
2010 – Canada – $442 million
2009 – United States – $12.2 million
2009 – United Kingdom – $28.6 million
(All costs in US$ at the time of summit)