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G8, G20 security costs go through the roof

Latest estimates show security spending climbing to $833 million

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Ottawa is expected to table new cost estimates for next month’s G8 and G20 summits that include a nearly five-fold spending increase on security forces. Preliminary figures released last March pegged security costs to come in at $179 million for the two summits, but revised estimates now suggest spending on security could climb to $833 million—an increase of $654 million or 465 per cent. The G8 summit will take place in Huntsville, Ont., from June 25-26, while G20 meetings are scheduled for June 26-27 in Toronto.

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