The G20 police state comes to Toronto: shenanigans!
Globally I'm sure this is still off the radar, but in Canada we're all in a state of shock, having learned that the government plans to spend a billion dollars hosting the G8 and G20 summits this month: the G8 in the rural town of Huntsville, and the G20 in downtown Toronto.
I've seen the first wave of spending allocated to installing more security cameras, presumably temporarily removing the garbage cans downtown and replacing them with transparent bags taped to lamp posts - which just look fabulous in a ghetto chic sort of way - and let's not forget the coup de grace.
They're scraping all the posters and political propaganda stickers off the lamp posts as well.
I've seen it on my bike rides to work.
Heaven forbid Obama learn that Paul Oakenfold had a show at the Koolhaus in March and they didn't invite Barry to check it out.
Newspapers are hot on the trail of this unfolding fiasco. The Post asked the ten federal agencies getting this money to share some insights into what this money is being spent on. The lion's share goes to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
And what did they say? To quote the Post:
"Here are the responses, or lack thereof, offered after The Post
requested breakdowns of where each agency’s allotment of taxpayers’
money is being spent:
• No response."
Good show guys. Way to show the citizenry you care.
I'm ironically illustrating an article about a Canadian police state with a photo taken the night we won the gold medal in men's Olympic hockey.
I look forward to the Auditor General's report on what the heck is going on here, exactly.
The Post, incidentally, got detailed answers from seven of the eight smaller groups getting money - ranging from $75 million for the military to $399,000 for CATSA - the lovely people who run airport security.
If anything, I'm thinking that CATSA's super low subsidy is probably a sign of how flush with cash their agency already is - travellers pay through the nose for every flight they board as it is!
More importantly, however, the important think an auditor considers is materiality - if you're complaining about a billion dollar fiasco, an individual sum of a million or two will probably not come close to explaining the real issue. And the RCMP is ducking the question completely, as is the #2 recipient of funds, the folks from "PUBLIC SAFETY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS", who, if this is their site, I have trouble distinguishing from the RCMP as it is.
My initial example of overpaid contractors getting to scrape lampposts and other street furniture clean and remove garbage cans may go a long way to explaining where much of this money is frittering away.
To completely ridiculous projects which some bureaucrat thought made sense on paper, since they're not directly paying for it themselves anyway.
We should've imposed a cover charge of $20,000,000 for each country in the G20 attending.