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MV Sun Sea too costly for Canadian tax payers

Feb 9, 2011 10:06:26 AM - itnnews.lk

The arrival of the MV Sun Sea off the coast of British Columbia last August has so far cost Canadians at least 25 million Dollars.

The ship arrived in Canadian waters in mid-August after a three-month journey from Thailand. The ship brought 492 Tamils from Sri Lanka to Canada claiming refugee status.

The government released supplementary spending estimates yesterday morning that show the arrival of the MV Sun Sea had the biggest impact on the budget of the Canada Border Services Agency. The agency has asked for 22 million Dollars to pay for incremental costs relating to the mass migrant arrival of the MV Sun Sea. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has also had to spend a small fortune because of the ship’s arrival.

The estimates show the Mounties want 2.1 million Dollars to cover their expenses. A further 908,000 Dollars is allotted to the Immigration and Refugee Board hearings that have been ongoing since the ship arrived. The spending estimates don’t include the cost of health care the federal government provided for the refugee claimants or a reported two million Dollars spent to provide legal services for the passengers.