The G7 summit is not a gift

News 3 March, 2018
  • Michel Girard

    Saturday, march 3, 2018 05:00

    Saturday, march 3, 2018 05:00

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    Welcome to the great leaders of the G7 it is extremely expensive to the host country. The $ 606 million that the government of Justin Trudeau plans to spend for organizing the G7 Summit at the Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, it is necessary to expect that the government of Quebec and the towns involved to be the cost of several other tens of millions of dollars.

    This is the price to pay to get in so the seven heads of State of the G7 and their delegations of 3200 persons, about 3,000 journalists, the 16 invited african countries and their delegations of 12 000 people, etc


    These expenses of the organisation of the next “big party” of the G7 in quebec, on 8 and 9 June, will most possibly an invoice for… the damage related to the inevitable events that will take place before and during the event.

    The holding of a Summit of the G7 draws systematically thousands of protesters who were fed up of seeing the seven great leaders of the world come together to promote the priorities that they often have trouble taking real action to put in place.

    Next demo, it has a very bad memory for the G20 summit in 2010, which was held in Toronto, at the time of the Harper government. This summit will be remembered as a lively turbulence, marked by mass arrests and cases of police violence.

    Of course, nobody wants to be the case. The right arm of Justin Trudeau in the adventure of the next G7 summit, the deputy minister Peter Boehm (also referred to as sherpa to the G7 Summit), believes that it is possible to prevent the overflows.

    “In the past, during large gatherings, there has also been infiltration of less desirable who do not wish to express an opinion or hear other opinions, but who want to create chaos. Then, on the side of safety, we will be certainly ready to deal with it, ” he said.

    Cost of security

    And it is this which explains why the biggest expenses of the organisation of the Summit of the G7 are allocated to the security pane, or 400 million, of which 259 million by the royal Canadian mounted police, 99 million for public Safety, $ 35 million through the national Defence, etc

    The Sûreté du Québec and the police of the cities involved in the activities surrounding the Summit of the G7 are also part of the police force.

    The Health mission of the G7 is guaranteed by the ” mobilization at the regional level for the G7 Summit “, including the CIUSSS of the Capitale-Nationale region, the CHU de Québec and the IUCPQ.

    These local expenses for security and health will be reimbursed by the federal government.

    Question : Justin Trudeau was forced to hold the Summit of the G7 in 2018 ?

    Well yes ! It should be noted that the member States of the G7 and assume the presidency annual turns, in the following order : Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy.

    This is why, this year, we start again the cycle with Canada.