We all know that the costs of the G20 were out of hand, by the time the lawsuits and prosecutions are finished (not to mention the cost of the independent inquiry) Stephen Harper's G20 meeting will have cost more than the United Nation's 1.9 billion annual operating budget. I also already listed Canada as one of the losers in my G20 score card. There is a chance though that Canada may lose far more than money and civil liberties from the G20, we may lose Quebec. At the very least the actions of security officials have added fuel to the fire of the sovereignist movement which was already burning more brightly than it has in years.
Early in the G20 debacle police were accused of targeting Quebecers, it now appears that they were absolutely correct. (See also the story of the detention of a Quebec City bus.) I don't think I have to explain to anyone who follows Canadian politics how the deliberate targeting of Quebecers and Francophones by federal and Ontario police is going to play in Quebec.
In the wake of the G20 all levels of Government have compounded the problem by refusing to call for an inquiry or offering any kind of real accountability. Now a group of Quebecers have taken their complaint beyond Canada to the United Nations Human Rights Council. As above I don't think that I need to explain the optics or implications of Quebecers, having been denied accountability or justice in Canada, taking a complaint to the United Nations.
Ad to all of that the fact that ahead of the polls Premiere Charest (a Liberal) was enjoying a 76% disapproval rating in Quebec and polls showed a spike in popularity for the Bloc and PQ and it is easy to see how the G20 meeting could end up costing Canada far more than the bloated budget for holding the meeting.