How much will Canada’s mission to Iraq cost Canadian taxpayers?
It’s a question that’s been asked by opposition parties, media and even the Parliamentary Budget Officer but to no avail.
Well, we might just have an answer — thanks to a thorough analysis by some intrepid reporters at the Ottawa Citizen.
A Citizen analysis estimates the first week of air operations against the Islamic State cost taxpayers between $2.7 million and $4.1 million.
That means if the Canadian military aircraft tasked with helping the U.S. fight ISIL continue flying at their current pace, the initial six-month mission will cost Canadian taxpayers between $60 million and $90 million.
Canada officially joined the United States and other allies in launching airstrikes against ISIS over Iraq earlier this month. The Harper government has committed to a six month mission deploying six CF-18 fighters, two surveillance aircraft and one air-to-air fuel tanker as a means to degrade the ongoing threat of the IslamicRead More »from Airstrikes over Iraq cost Canadian taxpayers $90 million: Report