India does not have cars to secure Canadian PM

Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper had a successful visit to India in November 2012. For his safety, Canadian government spent $1 million (over INR 1 crore) to ship two cars, a Cadillac and an SUV.

India does not have cars to secure Canadian PMHarper used his own armoured vehicles while on visit to Delhi, Agra, Bangalore and Chandigarh. Questions regarding this, spending over $1 million were raised in Canadian parliament last week by the opposition – New Democratic Party.

NDP stated that why were the cars flown in a country, which itself has a booming auto industry and buying or renting armored cars is not at all a problem. Before Prime Minister Harper arrived, Canadian authorities were provided with several armored car options, including one form Mercedes Benz. But these were not upto the mark, where Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were concerned and hence the decision to bring in their own despite expenses involved, reports TheStar. This is not the first time that such an expensive exercise has been undertaken in the name of security. RCMP had also shipped Harper’s vehicle to Trinidad and Tobago in 2009 wherein he attended a meet of Commonwealth leaders as there were no suitable vehicles for his use in the Caribbean nation.

Armored cars are available in India. BMW, Audi and Mercedes Benz, all three German luxury car makers, sell armored versions of their 7 Series, A8 and S Class respectively in India.