Taxpayers Gather More Bills for G8 and G20 Summits Losses

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Even after two years past the major disruptions in Toronto and Muskoka, at the 2010 G8 and G20 summits, the government is still paying cost from Canadian taxpayers’ money.

All the businesses, ranging from strip clubs to national airlines, were in attendance at the two summits and have so far received a sum of $1.6 million in compensation of the last fiscal year for the losses incurred because of the summits. These figures were mentioned at the House of Commons on Tuesday. Now that the matter is coming to an end, more than $800,000 that have been transferred in 2010-11, while the federal government jagged a total of $11 million or above in claims.

At the time of paying out, all companies larger or small were compensated. Porter Airlines alone received the maximum compensation, than any other company, of more than $145,000. A grand total of 144 companies were allowed compensation in fiscal 2011-12, along with the 38 companies paid in 2010-11.

According to an internal Foreign Affairs Department report from January 2011, the government gathered claims for an approximate $11.2 million for the G20 Summit and $670,000 for the G8 Summit. Foreign Affairs said pointed out that it received a sum of 411 claims for compensation, whereas the number of outstanding claims is still to be determined. Addressing the outcry against government being unfair in treating all affected businesses justly; a government official stated on Tuesday that Toronto Police had acknowledged a new protest zone which is expected to result in more companies being included in the compensation process.

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