October 27, 2015

"Trust fund boy" Trudeau's "first infrastructure program": $10M to redecorate 24 Sussex. (Clean water on reserves can wait.)

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

We're finally learned what Justin Trudeau's first move will be as Canada's new prime minister, even though he hasn't been sworn in yet.

He's going to spend $10M of taxpayers' money (minimum) renovating 24 Sussex Drive, the PM's official residence, from top to bottom.

So much for being a champion of the Canadian middle class!

I've been honoured to have been a guest at 24 Sussex Drive, and I can tell you that it's already pretty impressive.

It's true that some of the furnishings are a bit dated, but I bet you can say the same thing about Buckingham Palace.

The prime minister's official residence is a grand, historic building -- it's supposed to feel old.

For 99% of Canadians, it would be an honour to live in 24 Sussex Drive as it is. But not for Trudeau.

I guess this renovation is his idea of "infrastructure", not, say, providing clean water for reserves.

And the Media Party is behind him all the way.



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commented 2015-10-27 17:19:34 -0400
Good point Crystal, as well, it makes sense for the renovations to be done between changes of the guard so to speak. I don’t blame Harper for not wanting to move out for 10 months, and then back in. It makes sense for Justin not to move in until the reno is completed. It makes sense to me that the need for any reno has little to nothing to do with any PM.

However, these government contracts are notorious for being so inefficient and padded as to nearly double the cost. That’s my concern, more than who ordered it.
commented 2015-10-27 17:09:28 -0400
Crystal,

Thank you very much for acknowledging that this cost has nothing to do with Trudeau – as a conservative.

I wish more people here were like you and were capable of recognizing Ezra’s lies and bullshit as opposed to Ezra’s lap dogs that spew the same view like Peter and Hyacinth.
commented 2015-10-27 17:04:09 -0400
Peter,

I don’t think the CBC is a propaganda tool for the Liberal Party – they cover all news with a liberal slant and some conservative opinion as well. The Rebel does none of this and isn’t fair and balanced in any capacity. The Rebel is simply on a Trudeau witch hunt and is already campaigning for The Conservatives for the next election. Ezra and Brian are absolute shills.

But that’s OK – at least some conservatives here like Prince are staring to wake up and realize the true intention of The Rebel. You can keep believing that The Rebel is in the truth business.
commented 2015-10-27 17:03:27 -0400
I did vote conservative and not for Trudeau, but (just for accurate information) if you google this you’ll find that this 10M in repairs has nothing to do with Trudeau wanting his house renovated. When Harper first became PM in 2006, the National Capital Commission (which is responsible for this house, the Opposition Leaders house and the GG’s house) reported that 24 Sussex needed 10M in renovations. There are plenty of news articles to be found that tell the story: the 10M was for repairs to heating, plumbing, central air, windows, and other things deemed by the inspection to be in poor to critical condition, as well as the entire house needed asbestos removed. This was in 2006. Harper refused to wait for repairs to be completed and moved in anyway. In 2008, the same findings were brought forward again and the NCC strongly suggested the Harpers move out for 10 months for repairs to be completed. At that time Harper refused to vacate the house and stated he would not move out till he was no longer PM. I don’t think anything has been said about it since 2008. Fast forward to now…. the National Capital Commission has pulled out their 2008 report and told the Trudeaus they cannot move in until these repairs are completed. The price tag was 10M back in 2006…. Trudeau has nothing to do with it. I will say though, it’s a shrewd move on Harper’s part making sure this expenditure will be remembered for years to come as Liberal waste!
commented 2015-10-27 16:55:37 -0400
Peter,

No, they wouldn’t have. The MSM has acknowledged for years that the house is in desperate need of repair. Harper has deserved a ton of the attacks that he has received, but even the MSM would know that they couldn’t get away with something that they have already supported.

Just like Ezra is no position to attack Justin now.
commented 2015-10-27 16:45:34 -0400
Jimmy said to me, “This is something that even the media knows that they couldn’t attack him on, …”

Bull. The media attacked Harper on everything he did. Everything. They never said anything good about him. The media would have attacked him in he order the renovations in 2008. You are being disingenuous to say otherwise.
commented 2015-10-27 16:42:13 -0400
Jimmy said, "Peter, I have already acknowledge that the CBC is left leaning with some conservatives there. "

That is not what I said. I said, “If you acknowledge that the CBC is a propaganda tool for the Liberal party, I will do the same for theRebel, but not until then.”
commented 2015-10-27 16:36:35 -0400
Well Zulu, you have me about Stephen Wallace moving out for Trudeau. (Funny how I can miss one fact and be labelled a liberal, while Ezra twists the story and is in the clear.) I doubt the media would have had a hey-day if Harper had moved out for renovations to 24 Sussex, for reasons that I gave Peter moments ago.

If not Rideau Cottage, then where should the Prime Minister elect have set up temporary residence? Bear in mind, the temporary residence will still have to be used to host visiting dignitaries.
commented 2015-10-27 16:33:07 -0400
Some renovation work is required on a government building in Ottawa. Quotes are requested from contractors. The one from Ontario quotes a price of $12,000 and states that the work can be completed in three weeks. A contractor from Alberta, who is hungry for work, quotes $8,000 and a two-week completion time. A third contractor, from Quebec, also says he can do the work in two weeks but for a price of $28,000. When questioned why his price is so high he replies “$10,000 for you, $10,000 for me, and I’ll hire the guy from Alberta to do the work”.
commented 2015-10-27 16:31:22 -0400
I agree with many of The Rebel commentators on this, that using this as an opportunity to take shots at the boy is beneath us. However, I do enthusiastically agree with using it to make the important point that had this happened on Prime Minister Harper’s watch that the media party would surely be whooping the zombies up into a frenzied hissy-fit, especially during uncertain fiscal times. We should never let any opportunity pass to accuse, expose, ridicule, denounce or attack the media party. It is that insidious cabal, much more so than the ventriloquist’s dummy, which really threatens us, our democracy, our country and all that is good and true.
commented 2015-10-27 16:27:33 -0400
Peter, I have cited urgent calls to repair 24 Sussex going as far back as 2004, before Harper was PM. Should he have received criticism for allowing the repairs listed in the NCC’s non-partisan 2008 report, he could have simply cited the NCC audit (which reported the condition of the windows as “critical to poor”, and chimneys, walls, and foundation as “poor to fair”) and successfully labelled his critics as petty partisans for opposing much-needed, long-standing repairs to one of Canada’s most important heritage sites. The NCC is outside of the PM’s purview, and anyone attacking him for following their recommendation would have looked like an idiot.
commented 2015-10-27 16:24:29 -0400
Peter,

You are full of shit.

Canadians has already known that the house desperately needs repairs for many years now. I hate Harper, but even I would understand if he decided to do the repairs – so that the house won’t need to be torn down after a certain point.

This is something that even the media knows that they couldn’t attack him on, when experts are saying that many of repairs should have been done years ago – even before Harper was Prime Minister.
commented 2015-10-27 16:19:35 -0400
Peter,

I have already acknowledge that the CBC is left leaning with some conservatives there.
commented 2015-10-27 16:17:53 -0400
Bet they have an oil painting of Mick Jagger some place, just to keep Mom happy, when she visits
commented 2015-10-27 16:14:28 -0400
When you think of it, it is appropriately ironic in reflecting Canada’s system of government.
“Thank you, Governor General, for welcoming me to your country. I would like to visit the Prime Minister now. Where do I find him?”
“Oh, he lives in the cottage at the end of my lane.”
commented 2015-10-27 16:13:08 -0400
@ Ian Stephens – you said – Zulu, Rideau Hall was not occupied. Nobody was kicked out. Again, Rideau Hall is a temporary residence for official guests and has no permanent residents.

Please read this again:

Direct from the beloved (used that word loosely) cbc -

“it has traditionally served as the residence of the secretary to the Governor General. The man in that role, Stephen Wallace, moved out over the weekend and the Trudeau family is now in the process of moving in. "

So – no matter what your research tells you – he was living in the house/cottage until trudope decided – or someone decided to have trudope move in.

If you would be honest – you would admit the media would have crucified Harper for doing this. And trudope gets a pass.

I do not expect an honest answer.

I will simply move on as you are just being a liberal and playing me now.

In the end it does not matter – simply another example of why I find most Canadians to be a PITA

Have a nice day.
commented 2015-10-27 16:10:05 -0400
Jimy said, “Harper got flack from all political parties for not allowing the renovations to take place—even Duceppe thought they were a good idea.”

I was not referring to the opposition parties. I was referring to the attack from the media Harper would have received if he went ahead with the renovations in 2008. And do try saying the the media would not have shredded Harper for “wasting tax payer dollars” on the renovation because you know they would have.
commented 2015-10-27 16:09:52 -0400
Ezra grow up would you what do you propose let 24 Sussex rot to the ground? Maybe the Trudeau’s can entertain guests in your house you ass!!
commented 2015-10-27 16:07:11 -0400
lol jimbot, in ref. to Hyacinth.
commented 2015-10-27 16:06:20 -0400
Canada’s new Prime Miscreant, The Pot-Smoking Law Breaking Camp Counsellor, see himself as being far more important than any other Canadian. This poor excuse for a human will let everyone else starve or die from contaminated water just so long as he is comfortable on public funding! People will find out! Those who are really on the low end of the intellectual scale, like La Bebe, will stick buy him just as long as he is using public monies to support them as well. But anyone with any degree of intelligence, honesty, and integrity, words and concepts totally foreign to JT, will quickly realize the errors of the election and begin to make noises this mindless, care-less, miscreant will have to listen to. Canadians just have to weather the four years of this buffoon and then bring back a government based upon honesty, integrity, fact, and reality!
commented 2015-10-27 16:05:56 -0400
lol
commented 2015-10-27 16:04:52 -0400
Jimmy said, “Peter, Does that mean you finally acknowledge that The Rebel is a propaganda tool? There may be hope for you after all.”

If you acknowledge that the CBC is a propaganda tool for the Liberal party, I will do the same for theRebel, but not until then.
commented 2015-10-27 15:53:12 -0400
Whether Harper should have allowed the needed renovations to take place in 2008 is rather a moot point now. With the change of Prime Minister it is an opportune time to get them done.
commented 2015-10-27 15:52:57 -0400
How does Ezra or anyone else here argue with Ian’s post:

Peter, the repairs are part of an audit by the National Capital Commission, a non-partisan group. Harper got flack from all political parties for not allowing the renovations to take place—even Duceppe thought they were a good idea. Everyone was on-board for the long-standing and much-needed repairs except for Harper. All he would have needed to do to fight any opposition to the renovations was cite the NCC audit (which reported the condition of the windows as “critical to poor”, and chimneys, walls, and foundation as “poor to fair”).
commented 2015-10-27 15:46:24 -0400
Ian,

Don’t worry about Hyacinth – she is just here to agree with whatever Ezra says. That is her only purpose here.
commented 2015-10-27 15:45:30 -0400
Are the reno plans going to be made public?

Will there be a gay version of the “50 Shades of Gray” torture chamber included for Trudeau’s gay visitors??

When will Trudeau come out of the closet???

But Trudeau’s not a bimbo, he’s a mimbo!!!
commented 2015-10-27 15:43:14 -0400
Peter,

Does that mean you finally acknowledge that The Rebel is a propaganda tool?

There may be hope for you after all.
commented 2015-10-27 15:35:19 -0400
Sorry Zulu, my last comment should read “Rideau Cottage is a temporary residence…”
commented 2015-10-27 15:34:36 -0400
Zulu, Rideau Hall was not occupied. Nobody was kicked out. Again, Rideau Hall is a temporary residence for official guests and has no permanent residents.
commented 2015-10-27 15:34:15 -0400
It should be ready for the next prime minister ;-)