This is how much security for Harry and Meghan could cost Canadian taxpayers
The idea of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, moving to Canada looks like it'll become a reality, which has some Canadians shaking off the excitement and instead thinking more critically about the logistics of it all.
The Globe and Mail spoke to intelligence and security expert, Chris Mathers, who estimated the security measures required for the Duke and Duchess would be similar to those given to the Prime Minister, but more costly because they would have to be set up from scratch.
He estimates that security costs could be more than $10 million annually.
Not on my dime... financially independent means they pay their own way; if they don’t they need to stay in Britain...sorry, I love the Royals but they better not expect Canadians to pay for the family feud.— Joanne L. Whitney (@whitneyjo19) January 15, 2020
It was first reported by the London Evening Standard that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had agreed that Canada should foot the bill for the couple's round-the-clock protection while they are in the country.
According to the Evening Standard, Trudeau privately assured the Queen that Harry, Meghan and Archie's safety will not be jeopardised while they reside in Canada.
Early reports said the move would cost Canadians over $1 million annually.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office has since said that "there are still many discussions to be had" about who would be covering the costs of security for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their time spent in Canada.
Regardless of the supposed cost, Canadians are really upset by the thought of having to foot the royal security bill with their tax dollars.
Many are quick to point out systemic issues that could be better tackled through an increase in funding, and housing royals is not on the list.
Isn't there an opioid problem? Affordable housing seems to be limited. Looks like healthcare is bursting at the seams. More homeless on the streets when it's -40 in parts of the prairies. Not sure but added expenses because they don't want to be royal anymore should be on them.— william dinu (@DinuWilliam) January 14, 2020
Others are confused by the security costs, as the royal couple did say they were working on becoming financially independent while stepping away from their roles as "senior royals".
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation launched a petition opposing taxpayer support for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
"Everyone wishes Meghan and Harry all the best in becoming financially independent, but we need to be clear about one thing: Canadian taxpayers shouldn't have to cover their bills," said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick.
The petition has already garnered thousands of signatures.
People are also pointing out that both Harry and Meghan have private "fortunes" and think they should cover any costs associated with their eventual move to Canada.
Some are still keen on the royal couple calling Canada their new home, however.
I personally am thrilled that they're coming to Canada. Security is essential, and the costs would be minor compared to the benefits to Canada. The Royal family is a very important part of Canada constitutionally, and they deserve every consideration.— John Commoner (@mts477) January 15, 2020
Not everyone is as bothered by the rumoured cost for Canada to provide a security detail, and think the couple making the move to Canada would do some greater good.
Oh, I guess you mean YOU don’t want them here. I think they are actually pretty nice people who try to do a lot of good in this world. I welcome them like I would all people who want to make the world a better place. Canada benefits. 🤝— Geraldine Swayze (@sewsweetpink) January 14, 2020
On Monday the Queen issued a statement confirming that Prince Harry and Meghan will spend time in both Canada and the U.K. during a "period of transition."
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