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Canadians Oppose Paying Meghan And Harry's Security Fees With Taxes

Records from emails also indicate that RCMP is concerned about spending too much on the Duke and Duchess guards of Sussex and drawing media attention. (Source: Reuters)
Records from emails also indicate that RCMP is concerned about spending too much on the Duke and Duchess guards of Sussex and drawing media attention. (Source: Reuters)

Canadians Oppose Paying Meghan And Harry's Security Fees With Taxes

Canada spent at least $ 56,384 when the Duke and Duchess of Essex stayed from November 18 last year to January 19 this year. 

According to the Canadian Taxpayers Association, the security costs paid to Harry - Meghan and his wife rose to $ 50,000 in a few months when the couple came to stay in Canada after the two withdrew from the family. British Royal Costs still increased even when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined to say if Canada had to spend money to protect the royal couple.

Documents show that the Canadian Federal and National Police (RCMP) spent at least $ 56,384 from November 18, 2019 to January 19, 2020. Records from emails also indicate that RCMP is concerned about spending too much on the Duke and Duchess guards of Sussex and drawing media attention.

Mr. Aaron Wudrick, Director of the Canadian Association of Taxpayers, said:
“The $50,000 is nothing, especially when we consider that this is the taxpayer's tax payment to pay to one of them. The most famous and wealthy couples in the world. If the government does not stop paying and the Duke and Duchess stay in Canada, the amount will easily increase to millions.”
Current expenses do not include salaries paid to security officers and only include expenses such as overtime, travel, meals, incidents and accommodations for Canadian police during their stay.

More than 80,000 Canadians have signed an Association appeal that wants Mr. Trudeau to be ready to welcome the Royal couple, but stop paying their expenses with taxpayer money.

During the brief time of the couple in Canada, a debate about payment for security forces broke out. The Canadian Taxpayers Association objected to the use of tax money to pay for the expenses of Meghan and Harry. This petition has attracted media attention from London to Washington.

Federal and Canadian police responsible for security quickly caught the debate, and Ms. Bernadine Chapman, the commanding officer spoke about the issue in a letter to two colleagues on October 10. 1, 2020 that: 
"Social media is like a hot potato. There will likely be a lot of expense in half the time the couple in Canada. We will have a meeting next week. It will cost us quite a lot! ”
The email exchange took place on October 10, 2020, and a short letter was sent to Public Safety Secretary Bill Blair. Mr. Blair said in an interview on January 21 in Winnipeg: 
"I can guarantee that we are not involved in paying the costs of those security forces."
Mr Blair also told CBC in February that the conflict was "a misunderstanding", and that the amount of tax payments for security services would decrease in the following weeks.

According to People magazine, the couple Meghan and Harry moved to Los Angeles in March. US President Donald Trump welcomed the couple on Twitter, but said they would have to pay for everything themselves.

Federal and Canadian police say the couple's protection ended on March 14, but the counter said it had paid for the entire visit.

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