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 15:33:21 -0400
Hyacinth, you clicked through three pages of comments to find a 6-hour-old post, yet somehow completely missed the many comments on how these repairs have been put off for well over ten years, with a 2008 National Capital Commission report citing a $10m repair estimate which is in-line with the cost Ezra quoted.
http://bit.ly/1Rdh4vn
http://www.denys.ca/files/CITIZEN-SUSSEX.pdf
commented 2015-10-27 15:31:54 -0400
Ian: please don’t interfere in the messaging with all these tiresome facts. That’s not what a spa is for.
commented 2015-10-27 15:26:13 -0400
@ Ian – bottom line – the place was occupied – and the new pm through the GG or one of his underlings – told him to get out – that is in essence what the cbc stated.

Fact is the man was living there as the Secretary to the GG

Honestly – if this has been a Harper and family doing this – you know what would have been said – in three inch headlines.

So you show you are an apologist – and very happy that the entitled boy gets his way – to the point you are quite prepared to over look this eviction.

Nice – how liberal of you.
commented 2015-10-27 15:17:21 -0400
Zulu, if you’ll read the article you quote, you will note that it says Rideau Cottage “has traditionally served as the residence of the secretary to the Governor General.” Note the key word of “traditionally”, because that’s who it was originally built for. It has since become a temporary residence for official guests and has no permanent residents.
https://books.google.ca/books?id=OTWu7NN3CisC&pg=PA35&dq=&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false
commented 2015-10-27 15:15:21 -0400
Rick Plesnik commented
Sniff, Sniff. The Emperor needs to renovate his palace don’t you know! It is the duty of the peasants to pay for this! Sniff, Sniff!

This comment sums it up the best.
commented 2015-10-27 15:03:24 -0400
Bravo Zulu said, "From the cbc so it MUST be true. "

Of course it must be! They always tell the whole truth and nothing but the true so help their billion dollar welfare cheque.
commented 2015-10-27 15:01:47 -0400
Jimmy said, “The Rebel is exactly that – a propaganda tool. I am glad that you and a few others are starting to realize that.
Peter hasn’t figured it out yet.”

Oh but Jimmiekins, so is the CBC, just propaganda for the Liberal party is all. And they get one billion of our money to do it.
commented 2015-10-27 14:59:52 -0400
From the cbc so it MUST be true.

Quote -—————

Rideau Cottage was constructed in 1867 and is designated as a “recognized” heritage building by the Federal Heritage Building Review Office. The house is nestled in a private area with no public access.

Measuring 932 square metres, 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.

The National Capital Commission completed major renovations to the building in 2013, fixing cracked and rotting foundation, and repairing the roof and ceiling.

The $400,000 rehabilitation also included major upgrades to mechanical and electrical systems and interior finishes.
End Quote

So trudope decides the secretary can move……..

Another entitled move that would have had the media and lefty folks screaming if Harper and family had done the same thing.

Such a double standard.

How nice.
commented 2015-10-27 14:50:56 -0400
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 14:50:06 -0400
Great post Prince.

The Rebel is exactly that – a propaganda tool. I am glad that you and a few others are starting to realize that.

Peter hasn’t figured it out yet.
commented 2015-10-27 14:41:37 -0400
LOL.

I think there’s a massive difference between not wanting to spend money needlessly redecorating a place and doing way overdue maintenance that will prevent the whole house from rotting out.

Would you have your family live in a house that desperately needs renovation for safety reasons, because the entire house is falling apart and you have been told of this by building experts? Do you want a structurally sound house?

You make it sound like Trudeau is installing hot tubs in every room and making the house all fancy and modern with the best of everything. You make it sound like Trudeau has flown in the best redecorators to redesign the inside of the house with a 10 million budget.

Trudeau is saving the house from needing to be torn down.
commented 2015-10-27 14:39:45 -0400
How does one go about putting in a bid? Since there’s no work in Alberta I could move to Ottawa like all our money has
commented 2015-10-27 14:26:59 -0400
Bill Collins said, “Harper should have done the renovations in 2008”

Maybe so, but you know he would have been shredded by the media. He obviously was willing to live with the house in its condition and did so for another seven years. Obviously it was not in as bad condition as people here making it out to be otherwise Harper would have had no choice but to get the renovations done.
commented 2015-10-27 14:23:32 -0400
Have to set a good example, be ‘inclusive’ and put some suites in there to accommodate some of those unscreened muslim migrant refugees he plans to flood the country with.
Their free Room and Board will include more than double the $ money that our seniors on pensions (who paid in to the pension funds) recieve.
commented 2015-10-27 14:09:44 -0400
“it is a dangerous place to be when you start thinking your forums actually corner the market on testing logic.”
I’m not sure I know what you mean by “your forums”; in a previous (not too serious) presentation of this taxonomy on this site, I made it very clear that the same three types of site and visitor exist right across the political spectrum.
commented 2015-10-27 14:01:02 -0400
Prince Knight: I don’t think I agree with your assessment. We just finished what was arguably one of the meanest lopsided media campaigns against Harper. On hat tried o create scandals on a daily routine and went so far as to call Harper worse than Isis and a dictator all the while seemingly comfortable with Trudeau’s ridiculous admiration for the basic dictatorship of communist China. Since he has been elected I am now seeing one after another feel good story about what a nice guy he is or about our “hot” new Prime Minister. From my standpoint the media looks like it is comfortable to continue lobbing softballs so if a paper here or there wants to raise issues many are not aware of then I am not opposed. Today was actually the first time I was made aware that there is 34 rooms at 24 Sussex. It seems a bit overly extravagant for one family no matter what party you belong to. Just my opinion. Terry Rudden: Please you are just as biased as anyone here and it is a dangerous place to be when you start thinking your forums actually corner the market on testing logic. I read articles from many news sources and encourage everyone to do the same. I grew up with pretty much a left wing bias except maybe on issues of abortion and the anti-religious (Christian mainly) bias because that is overwhelmingly what I was presented with. I don’t agree with everything conservative or everything Harper said and did and I have expressed as much. I still get a chuckle out of those who rail against Conservative bias and seem to be oblivious to their own.
commented 2015-10-27 13:56:38 -0400
Ezra, I am a big fan and agree with most of what you say, however, on this one I believe you are on the wrong side. Harper should have done the renovations in 2008, but because of his austerity platform it was not politically feasible at the time. The place has been falling apart for years and the last major renovations were done in the 50’s. This is supposed to be the residence of the Prime Minister of Canada, who will be hosting some of the most important leaders in the world. The only question is not whether the work should be done or not, but rather the cost involved. My recommendation as to who should perform the work is not some bloated union contractor, but Mike Holmes and all the other renovation specialists on HGTV. They all receive funding already from the government of Canada and what a ratings boon it would be to the owners of the channel. Maybe the History Channel could simulcast all of the episodes as well. If this happened the work would be performed ahead of schedule and under budget while protecting the heritage of the building. Problem solved.
commented 2015-10-27 13:46:46 -0400
Prince Edward Island’s “Province House” is the only provincial legislature that comes under the budget of Parks Canada…because it is the historical site where confederation took place….it is currently closed to the public and may be for a couple of years….the neglected maintenance will now cost millions and take years to correct.

The Parliament itself is crumbling. Doing renovations on a house when one tennant is moving out and another moving in makes sense and I doubt that Justin had very much say in what is contracted to be done….he is not bright enough to contract that value of tradesmen’s renovation in that lenght of time on his tight schedule of glad handing and celebration….Heritage Canada scoped this out long ago.

Ezra…surely you have bigger fish to fry.
commented 2015-10-27 13:34:50 -0400
Maurice and Liza, the $2 million I cited in comments below is the amount which was remaining in NCC’s funding allotment for repairs in 2004 and is not an estimate, while the $10 million is from NCC’s 2008 estimate. You can file a request for that report, but I’ve found an archived version here:

https://web.archive.org/web/20080511005222/http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/aud_ch_oag_200805_06_e_30702.html#ex5

If that link doesn’t work, try this shortened version: http://bit.ly/1Rdh4vn

2004: ‘Although the funding allotment officially ended this past March, [National Capital Commission] said it has $2 million remaining, earmarked for 24 Sussex and the prime minister’s official summer residence, Harrington Lake.
“We know that it’s not enough,” said NCC spokeswoman Anne-Sophie Lawless.’
http://www.denys.ca/files/CITIZEN-SUSSEX.pdf

2008: ‘The National Capital Commission (NCC), which is the government agency responsible for managing all official residences in Ottawa, estimates the renovations would cost $10 million and “*would require full access to the residence for a minimum of 12 to 15 months*.” […] “The roof, windows, walls and foundations — more than two-thirds of the exterior of the residence — are in only fair condition and need repair,” the auditors wrote in their report.’
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/politics/story.html?id=55de4447-eed9-4449-804c-7200d2313020
http://bit.ly/1WgHxcE
commented 2015-10-27 13:32:11 -0400
Enoughvwith the rich and middle class. How about helping people like myself that are sick disabled and poor. And are forced to live below the poverty line While he eats steak and lobster While people like myself have to eat out of food banks.
commented 2015-10-27 13:21:58 -0400
That’s what I briefly looked for and couldn’t find. There is a big difference between two million and ten. I hope the details will be made public.
commented 2015-10-27 13:19:48 -0400
Oh, fir….. The bloody place has been deteriorating for years.
It’s not Trudeau’s house; it’s the home of the Prime Minister of Canada. Fix the bloody thing, spend on repairs as needed, and this whole issue becomes moot.
commented 2015-10-27 13:19:36 -0400
10 million represents exactly 1% of the money saved by Conservatives and Liberals by stiffing their employees. Or the money saved by catching cheaters out of Canada receiving Guaranteed Income Supplement. One has happened and continues and one will be ignored. Or stop paying Fed mgrs danger pay…smaller savings.
commented 2015-10-27 13:08:19 -0400
The reports that I’ve read and heard did state that the home was in urgent need of repair, and that some of the issues were directly related to the health and safety of the occupants; issues like electrical, plumbing and water damage. But the repair cost were estimated to be between one and two million, not ten.
commented 2015-10-27 13:07:57 -0400
Alain Desgagne I dont mind the change in the mailbox issue. I think the mailboxes are a waste of money as 5-10 years from now the Post Office will go the way of Margaret Trudeau’s Studio 54. The government should just look at scaling back the door to door delivery days now to 2-3 days a week and eventually once a week and after that get out of the Post Office business.
commented 2015-10-27 13:03:27 -0400
Folks at the RebeL are either:
- visiting a spa, a nice, warm, comfy hot tub of shared opinions and assumptions about the world.
- visiting a clinic for inoculation against uncomfortable ideas. When a Dean Del Mastro gets jailed, when the NDP gets elected – - visiting an actual forum in which logic can be tested, facts can be tabled, iand deas can clash.
Ezra attempted to provide another comforting little Rage Bath (Manic Pedi?) for the Spa Goers, and the forum Visitors are now saying “Hey, wait a minute…”
commented 2015-10-27 13:02:53 -0400
And to think Justin’s trust comes from Pierre’s father selling his gas station empire to Imperial oil. So much for that despicable and filthy oil industry.
commented 2015-10-27 12:57:15 -0400
Great graphics. Very professional. The Rebel keeps looking better and better. Good job everyone.
commented 2015-10-27 12:53:10 -0400
Liza, Ignatieff offered up his own residence so that Harper could move out while the renovations took place. Even Gilles Duceppe (who wants to tear this country apart) supported the renovations in 2008. The only one who didn’t support the renovations was Harper himself.

“The NCC has tried to relocate the Harpers and proposed Rideau Gate, the house across from 24 Sussex, where the royal family stays. Former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff also offered up Stornoway, the Opposition leader’s house. But the Harpers have made it clear they won’t move out long-term. Any major renovation is bound to go over budget, and there are political implications to spending so much to upgrade the house.”
http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/this-old-house/

“I have the impression that there will be big problems in a dozen years. I look at the building here, the windows don’t hold anymore. All that because he is stubborn about not wanting to spend. It is a misplaced puritanism,” said Duceppe.
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/politics/story.html?id=55de4447-eed9-4449-804c-7200d2313020
commented 2015-10-27 12:49:29 -0400
24 Sussex has to be maintained, and it costs money.