Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Canada’s Spending on UN Climate Summit Delegation Soars to $3 Million

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The total expenses reached $2954188 but the government notes that this figure may not be final as some invoices and claims are still being processed

Newly released government figures reveal that the Liberal government spent close to $3 million for Canadian delegates to attend the 2023 COP28 climate conference in Dubai, more than double the amount previously disclosed.

The revised costs, detailed in a May 6 government response to a query by Conservative MP Dan Mazier, include $825,000 for transportation, $472,000 for accommodations, and $295,000 for meals and incidentals for the 182 attendees. Additionally, $1.3 million was allocated to the Canadian pavilion, which hosted events showcasing Canadian green technology and international support initiatives.

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The total expenses reached $2,954,188, but the government notes that this figure may not be final as some invoices and claims are still being processed. Previous government reports had indicated a significantly lower cost of $1,353,307 for COP28.

Among the expenses were costs for various hotels, including over $200,000 for rooms at Delta Hotels by Marriott Dubai and $195,000 for rooms at Premier Inn Hotels LLC. The documents also detail gifts given to international figures, such as a $130 wooden bowl for the United Arab Emirates’ Special Envoy for Climate Change.

The expenses for Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault alone totaled $13,239, with $4,461 for accommodation and $2,262 for meals and incidentals.

COP28, which drew delegates from almost 200 countries, resulted in an agreement to transition away from fossil fuels by 2050, a more ambitious goal than previous net-zero commitments.

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