Canada spent $1 million shipping limos to India for Stephen Harper's visit

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      How much does it cost for a prime minister to ship his car halfway across the world? About a million bucks, according to a report today.

      For Stephen Harper's six-day visit to India last year, the RCMP used a Canadian Forces CC-177 Globemaster to ship private vehicles, including the PM's armor-plated limosine, to the country.

      The cost to the taxpayer? The Department of National Defence says around $1,061,448.

      Canadians are drowning in debt and Harper's frivolously having limos shipped around the world? You're telling me there wasn't a single fucking armor-plated vehicle in India?


      File this under the "I'm so mad I could scream right now" category.


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      Taylor Anderson

      Jan 29, 2013 at 12:49pm

      Standard practice for many world leaders... if you think this is big, ask to see Obama's travel bill.

      As the article said the RCMP decided it was necessary for the security of our PM, relying on a third world country to provide secure transportation to a foreign head of state is not always the smartest idea. I'm sure you'd also be up in arms if he did trust a 3rd party and it somehow jeopardized his own safety and lead to an incident or assassination.

      Seems like so many things in politics, damned if you do, damned if you don't. Take it up with the RCMP.


      Jan 29, 2013 at 2:44pm

      Here's an idea: Send two or three top Canadian security people to India, in advance, to fully inspect the vehicle proposed by the government of India.

      Once approved, end of discussion.

      Would be cost $1 million to send a couple of top security experts to India in advance? I'm thinking no. Not unless their travel expenses are much higher than mine were, when I travelled on business.