This supplementary report put forward
by the conservative members of the standing committee on government operations
and estimates intends to reflect the strong positive feedback from testimony
heard throughout the course of the study on the effectiveness of the expenses
for the G8 and G20 summits.
It is important to note that the
magnitude of organizing these summits was unprecedented and demonstrated to be
a unique challenge.
RCMP Chief Superintendent Alphonse
MacNeil said the following during his testimony before committee on October 28,
“Before the G-20s started taking place, the
G-8 was known as the largest annual global security event. G-8 alone was known
as the largest annual global security event. Now I guess the G-20 is
challenging that. But if you put the two together and Canada was. This was
unique, it's never happened before. So to supply security for the two largest
annual global security events at the same time is a massive undertaking. So
there's nothing really in the world to compare it to. I've had colleagues
around the world who've said that we don't have anything to compare it to.
They've called me and I've talked a lot to them. They want to know how do you
Furthermore, Canada did not only host
the G8 and G20 Summits during this same week but were also hosts for the B20
and the My Summit2010. The honorable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign
Affairs stated the following during his committee appearance on December9,
“Besides the summits of the G8 and G20,
our country has been the host to two other important international meetings. Immediately
after the G8 summit, officials from the Office of Summit Management have worked
together on the summit of business or B20, which was held under the chairmanship
of the Honourable John Manley of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives firm in
Toronto, in the hours leading up to the G20 summit.
Meanwhile the official youth summit,
known as My Summit 2010, started two days ahead of the G8 summit and lasted
through to the end of the G20 summit, with activities in both Muskoka as well
as in Toronto. University level delegates from around the world observed the
summit process, engaged in their own summit on themes of global importance, and
met senior officials, leaders, and other dignitaries. More than 150 future
global leaders came to Canada for this youth summit, and we obviously fed them
as well as housed them throughout their stay.”
All witnesses brought forwarded
testimony demonstrating strong endorsement of the government's unprecedented
transparency to summit costs.
The Parliamentary Budget Officer,
Kevin Page, states in his report on the summits that: “The PBO’s research of
publicly available information indicates that no other host country has provided
‘total’ security costs to this level of detail.”
The Auditor General, Sheila Fraser
commented in this regard the following: "We found that the processes and
controls around that were very good, and that the monies were spent as they
were intended to be spent,"
Overall, these summits were considered
to be a huge success and showcased Canada on the world stage.