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Canada spending nearly $1billion on G20/G8 security
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($1billion in canadian dollars. By contrast, the cost of the Oakland Bay Bridge is about $6 billion. The state budget of California is $144 billion). Parliament’s budget watchdog has begun probing the hefty and controversial $1-billion security bill for the two global summits the Harper government is holding next month in Ontario. Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page says his study will founder, however, if the Conservatives fail to provide him with the necessary records to scrutinize policing and protective spending for the Group of Eight and Group of 20 meetings.

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