Every three years, the Monarchist League of Canada commissions a survey on the cost of Canada’s Constitutional Monarchy. The survey provides a wealth of information about exactly where the money goes, and how much bang taxpayers are getting for their buck.
The most recent issue of this triennial survey came out last week, and the results are encouraging. The overall cost, per Canadian, of Canada’s monarchy in 2011-2012 was $1.63! That figure does not include the special one-time expenses incurred for the celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which, if factored in, bring the per capita total to $1.85.
These figures include everything from Royal Tours and security costs to salaries and vice-regal household expenses. Naturally, this includes no amount of money to cover the Queen’s expenses in the UK. It’s simply an old myth that Canadians cover part of the Queen’s bill anywhere outside of Canada.
Our hardworking Lieutenant Governor, Graydon Nicholas, shines in the section of Lieutenant Governors. He attends and hosts more events that most other provincial vice-regals, and does so for less than any of his colleagues (even his PEI counterpart!). His total all-inclusive expenses for 2011-2012 were $507,687.80 This includes a Provincial contribution of $318,500. The rest of the costs (including His Honour’s salary) were covered by the Federal Treasury.
New Brunswickers reading this know that His Honour seems to turn up at everything, and his house is often a flurry of activity. His total engagements for 2011-2012 numbered 550. That’s more than twice the number accounted for by his colleague’s in Quebec, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan!
In 2012, monarchists received a fair amount of flack about the costs associated with the Royal Tour by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. The overall costs for that Tour came out to $649,538, or just 2 cents per Canadian! The 2011 Tour by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cost Canadians just 4 cents each, and the 2010 Tour by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, 6 cents each.
Overall, the cost of Canada’s constitutional monarchy compares favourably with expenses incurred by the House of Commons ($12.25 per Cdn), the Senate ($2.57), and the CBC ($32.52). It costs just a few cents more per Canadian than the Library of Parliament and the National Gallery. Our neighbours to the south paid an estimated $5.24 each for the running of the White House and the Office of the President in 2008! And they have 10 times our population.
All members will be receiving a copy of this survey in the mail very soon. Others are welcome to check out a digital copy at http://www.monarchist.ca/sites/default/files/documents/2013/2/232.pdf