The Canadian government sent more delegates than any other G7 nation to the ongoing COP26 conference, including the summit’s host state, the UK.
True North relied on a provisional list of registered participants published by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to achieve the count.
According to the UNFCCC document, Canada sent 276 delegates to COP26 including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself, numerous federal ministers, several provincial premiers and dozens of federal staff and media.
The number of delegates sent by Canada outnumbered even the amount of people sent to attend by the conference’s host state, the UK.
In total, the UK sent the second-highest number of delegates numbering in at 227 attendees.
The UK was followed by Japan who sent 225 delegates, while France sent 195 officials to attend. The US came in fifth place with 133 delegates sent.
Meanwhile, Germany came second last with 120 delegates sent, followed by 66 attendees sent to COP26 by Italy.
As first reported by Blacklock’s Reporter, the Department of Environment has refused to reveal the cost of the diplomatic trip.
Among those listed as being part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s entourage was his own personal videographer, photographer, speechwriter and a media team of 17 made up of press secretaries and communications directors.
A number of reporters from CBC News, CTV, Global News and other outlets also attended.
Additionally, it is unclear whether taxpayers footed the bill of former environment minister Catherine McKenna, who was spotted at the conference but whose name does not make it into the official COP26 roll call.
An estimated 30,000 delegates have been sent by nations and organizations around the world to the two week event. According to local outlet Sunday Mail, delegates boarded over 400 private jets to attend, contributing an estimated 13,000 tonnes of CO2 pollution into the environment.