Canadian taxpayers have again been burdened with the cost of disproportionate spending by the Liberal government.
An article by the National Post indicates that at the G7 Summit which took place in Charlevoix Quebec this year, the federal government spent $23 million just on new vehicles.
The Royal Mounted Police informed the National Post that 431 vehicles were to purchased to be used for “motorcade” purposes, and another 200 for “administrative” purposes totalling to 631 vehicles.
The summit, which was held in the picturesque, nature-filled city of Charlevoix Quebec, was an opportunity for powerful leaders to come together and discuss topics that are considered to be of paramountcy.
Leaders from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, and Italy all met with Prime Minister Trudeau. According to the CBC, the main itinerary of discussions revolved around investing in growth, preparing for the jobs of the future, advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment, working unilaterally on climate change, oceans and clean energy, and building a more peaceful and secure world.
The RCMP have claimed that purchasing the vehicles was the most viable and affordable decision.
In purchasing the vehicles, it allowed for easier transport, registry, and application of the right equipment well in advance. However, when asked why other trucks that are already owned by police forces in Canada couldn’t be used, the RCMP refused to answer.
The Trudeau government purchased 154 Chevrolet Suburbans, 140 Touring-model Chrysler 300s, 109 Toyota Siennas, 28 Dodge Journeys, and 7 Ford Explorers.
Selling the Cars
By selling 167 vehicles $6.3 million has already been recouped by the government with the majority of buyers being from Montreal and Quebec City. However, the attempt to sell an absurd amount of vehicles will undoubtedly be an extensively difficult and arduous task.
The prices of the vehicles range and differ based on their mileage. 2018 Chrysler 300s, which have the lowest-mileage, and have an approximate market retail price between $40,895 and $49,195.
Chevrolet Suburbans, the most expensive vehicles, have an average price of $60,046, compared to a suggested retail price of $58,700 to $77,200. These, 26 of them, had been on the road for an average 1,698 km each.
The G7 Summit had a $600 million total budget. Whether the event is a necessity or a glorified formality, those who ultimately pay are the hard-working, tax-payers.