Royal visit to cost P.E.I. about $100,000

Dave Stewart
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Taylor Larsen of Andy Cudmore's Forestry Service, cleans up debris at the provincial park in Bonshaw. The work is in preparation for a visit from Prince Charles on May 20.

The provincial government estimates the royal visit will cost P.E.I. taxpayers in the ballpark of $100,000.

Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will visit P.E.I. on the Victoria Day weekend as part of the province’s year-long 150th anniversary celebrations.

The premier’s office said the bill could be more or less, depending on security costs.

Some of the cost will be shared by both the province and the federal government, like security, for example, and the fireworks show.

An event at the Confederation Centre of the Arts will be paid for by the federal government while the provincial government will pay the bill associated with a visit to Bonshaw.

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Essentially, the more people who turn out to see the royal couple the more it’s going to cost because it means more security will be needed.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive on the evening of Victoria Day, and leave the following day about 4 p.m.

dstewart@TheGuardian.pe.ca

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Organizations: Confederation Centre

Geographic location: P.E.I., Bonshaw

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  • dave Anger
    May 08, 2014 - 11:01

    Time for a TAX Revolt too much waste who needs the royals here send the senate back too Trudeau wants to be our king

  • tired of the waste
    May 08, 2014 - 09:02

    No wonder Islanders get upset! I have nothing against the Royals themselves although if I'm being honest Lady Diana always pops in my mind when i hear Camilla's name, She was so genuine,anyway,just more money WASTED under the pretense of Royals coming,The Royals could care less if trees are up or down in the woods,or Parks! I agree with everyone else here its such a waste when there are so many Islanders requiring help in so many ways and here we are saving money from Social Assistance INSTEAD of helping the border line people,the people with no oil ,or groc,etc.or forced to live in less the adequate rentals.etc.Her we are cutting trees for show. Our Island has lots of natural character and beauty if our Gov.has money to throw around how about worrying about its people instead of the Royals or any one else!

  • Beth Nichol
    May 07, 2014 - 20:41

    Unfortunate that our hard earned dollars have to spent on the Royals. Would be better spent on the new Prince Edward Home which has only been occupied since last November and is in a sad state of affairs already,. Crisis intervention required. Not even a bench for someone to sit on in the court yards that are open to the residents that are ambulatory nor shade to sit under should we get hot weather ,no bike rack to lock a bike to, no bench in the locker room to sit on or put your stuff on, no security for the staff or residents( we are looking for 8 hr each evening). From a disgruntled retired and overworked RN whose last 2weeks involved 97.5 hours(full-time is 75 hrs.

  • AMAZED
    May 07, 2014 - 19:34

    I just received my property taxes and I am not impressed , they can jack up taxes but put on the dog for him and her . I think they are receiving too many dollars if they can throw a party for a lark . Obviously it is easy to part with other peoples dollars. What a farce .

  • Craig
    May 07, 2014 - 15:46

    100000 is approx 330 trips to halifax for people who need medical treatments( includes 1 night stay) the government should be ashamed of themselves for such a waste!

  • Tony
    May 07, 2014 - 15:20

    Really, people! Quibbling over a mere 100 thou for the attendance of such august eminences? Just think of it as an expanded 22 hour photo op. Then think of who gets the greatest value? Charles/Camilla? Islanders? the provincial and federal governments? Bingo!! C'mon people. Be there or be square.

  • april
    May 07, 2014 - 15:11

    What a royal waste of money! I wouldn't be bothered looking out my window if Charles and Camilla were in my front yard let alone go out of my way to see them. Im sure there are much more worthy causes to put out 100 grand on besides this. I agree this is just an expensive photo opportunity for ghiz. Why should tax payers have to pay for their visit?

  • Stacey
    May 07, 2014 - 14:06

    There are people being turned away from the addiction center because there are not enough room for them!!!!! Sickening!!!

  • Ann
    May 07, 2014 - 13:05

    I really hope nobody shows up to see them, what a joke this island is...

  • okay?
    May 07, 2014 - 11:40

    People give to telethons to help a need and then 100 thousand is given to this.

  • J
    May 07, 2014 - 11:38

    And no money for education or anything else that would help the average Islander. Seems strange.

  • Stewart Smith
    May 07, 2014 - 07:15

    Seems like a bargain, when compared to the cost of Plan B, Polar Foods, Homburg Hotel...

  • Ghiz govt
    May 07, 2014 - 06:47

    Ghiz govt doesn't have extra money to fix roads, and for many other things islanders (aka taxpayers) need like medical help (many islanders have to go off island for treatement), teachers, doctors, and the list goes on...but it does have all the money in the world to party on for 2014, to give million dollar loans out to cronies, and to pay $100,000 for Charles & Camilla to come play on our gentle island.

    • don
      May 07, 2014 - 08:54

      all this money being spent is so ghiz can get a picture of what's his name and his life. and people going hungry on pei and wes and ghiz has no money but they have for this crap. i guess it ill come from the money saved from welfare. if this as the queen or her grand kids yes the money would be worth spending.

  • my thoughts
    May 07, 2014 - 06:41

    and just tell me why the taxpayers are paying for this? These so called royals are just tourists to me and they should be paying their own way instead of free loading like the campers at walmart.

  • Robert perry
    May 07, 2014 - 06:41

    Your article suggests that Islanders will save valuable dollars by NOT attending any of the Royal Adultering couple. In a morally conscious society, people such as these are usually not glorified. Charles and Camilla come from a very wealthy clan-- let them pay for their own trip. Furthermore, spending $100,000 to remove a few dead trees to "pretty" up the Bonshaw woods is ridiculous. Dead trees are a very natural part of a healthy wooded environment---wasting Islanders' money on "dead wood royals " is certainly not .

  • charlottetown
    May 07, 2014 - 05:34

    That's $100,000 they could have spent on cancer research.. Or hospital equipment.. Or for a new doctor...

    • Not quite
      May 07, 2014 - 13:09

      Wouldn't even come close to paying for one years salary for a doctor.

  • mae
    May 07, 2014 - 05:12

    this is the biggest waste of money I have heard of in years, 22 hour visit: the whole idea of the monarch is the second biggest waste of money we don't have, especially when it comes to helping low income people who barely have enough grocery money.