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 10:14:04 -0400
Well, At least it will be in good shape when a conservative moves back in 4 years, after the inevitable Liberal scandals start occurring again. Liberals just can’t help themselves. The Trough is ‘right there’, and the temptation will be awesome!
commented 2015-10-27 10:07:29 -0400
Deborah; my point is that this is maintenance on a historic building, identified as a need some time ago, and being done between tenants. Those like Ezra who want to use this as excuse for a tantrum about Trudeau can, and will, continue to do so. Folks interested in the actual nature of this maintenance now know. I’m just providing information that Ezra failed to.
commented 2015-10-27 10:04:53 -0400
Andrea, you have made a logical and well reasoned argument for the upgrades. If it is in such desperate need of repair, then it makes sense … IF.

“I suggest we take money from the CBC budget, move it to the National Capital Commission earmarked for this project, and fix the damn place, once and for all.”

That would be the ideal, but we all know that will not happen.
commented 2015-10-27 09:58:42 -0400
This issue raises a lot of questions. The building falls under the National Capital Commission to maintain, does that department have room in that budget to do the repairs? How significant are the actual repairs? Repairs are different animal than decorating. Do Canadians feel that the elected public servant should be living in a taxpayer funded luxury home? I am not stating an opinion, just asking as there are ample alternative buildings in the Captial for state events. Before the anti-Harper posters get rabid…may I point out that Maggie herself mentioned the repairs needed to be done 40 years ago? From the National Post; “Margaret Trudeau, told the CBC that “24 Sussex is in need — has been in need since I was there 40 years ago — of major infrastructure repair, and it simply hasn’t been done.”” So, basically, no government has been willing to spend the money to do the ’requisite’repairs. The building has historical significance, but it has only been the PM’s residence since 1950. From the sounds of it, after the initial acquisition of the property, there has been no significant investment into its maintenance. While I can’t stand our new PM, and find him to be a spoiled dilettante, his behaviour and attitude about the condition of the building illustrate his self-entitled persona, if the place is falling apart, someone needs to make the tough decision. to upgrade the property to current standards and find the appropriate means to fund the repairs. Infrastructure only; HVAC, electrical, plumbing, roof, windows and security, all overseen by the National Capital Commission, not suited to the whim of the current regime. Although this doesn’t meet international accounting standards and an accountant might find my simple solution is to be ridiculous, I suggest we take money from the CBC budget, move it to the National Capital Commission earmarked for this project, and fix the damn place, once and for all. I would also like to comment that many ‘middle class’ Canadians don’t have the luxury or the means to live in a separate home while their own renovations are being carried out. Surely, although I am not a contractor, this 34 room mansion can be utilized while repairs are being staged in a gradual manner.
commented 2015-10-27 09:57:45 -0400
All contracts given will be to Liberal butt kissers!
commented 2015-10-27 09:57:32 -0400
Terry, leftie number 3, is defending Justin by saying that these old structures need to be fixed up before they crumble.

I have to admit that Terry’s excuse is the best so far, but still not good enough.
commented 2015-10-27 09:55:06 -0400
Pierre Chagnon, good point. You are probably right, the people that will be doing the reno are probably Liberal cronies.
commented 2015-10-27 09:53:12 -0400
The silver spoon , bozo, don’t want a window air conditioner, he needs a central air unit, must feel like home , anyway he’s gonna be there for a long time .
commented 2015-10-27 09:52:53 -0400
Deborah, you are correct. And just look at how our first two lefties so far have justified it.

1) Jay Kelly – "Surely the selfish thing to do would have been to live in the house and put off the renovations till the next Prime Minister. "

2) Cathy Trainor – “Stephen Harper is every landlords worst nightmare! Maintenance is something you do as it is needed. Harper just ignored it!”

The Liberal trolls cannot admit when Trudeau screws up. Wasting our money on enough to build and entire new beautiful large home from the ground up!
commented 2015-10-27 09:52:13 -0400
Deborah: you may have missed the link below. I’ll summarize.
In 2008 the Auditor General reported that 24 Sussex “urgently” required “critical” maintenance that would require that the resident vacate the residence. Mr. Harper declined. It’s now 2015, and the NCC is now being allowed to carry out the maintenance before the Trudeaus move in.
commented 2015-10-27 09:50:47 -0400
Wonder if he’ll put in a moat and high fences and make it torch and pitchfork proof. Next he can spend his infrastructure money on fencing off Toronto ya know, to keep the crazies in. Something that Snake Pliskin can be proud of.
commented 2015-10-27 09:49:47 -0400
Cathy Trainor said, “Stephen Harper is every landlords worst nightmare! Maintenance is something you do as it is needed. Harper just ignored it!”

Leftie number two justifies it thus. Cathy, how would you know how Harper has left the place? He is not even moved out yet! And $10 million for renovations? I could build and entire monstrous house with thaT
commented 2015-10-27 09:46:57 -0400
Peter – they are smugly complicit, like all Liberals, they think they deserve it. If our PM Harper had tried this, it would be in the MSM, on the front page until the cows came home!
commented 2015-10-27 09:46:41 -0400
Jay Kelly said, "Surely the selfish thing to do would have been to live in the house and put off the renovations till the next Prime Minister. "

You have got to be kidding! This is how you justify it? Pathetic.
commented 2015-10-27 09:43:01 -0400
I can’t wait to see the rest of the leftist main stream media’s response: silence or justifying it.

That he would act this way is of no surprise to me and no doubt the conservatives on this site.

I also wonder how Jimmy, Terry and the rest of the leftie trolls here will comment on it: silence or justify it.

How many here think that any of our leftie trolls, should they even comment on it, actually admit it is an inappropriate thing for Trudeau to do?
commented 2015-10-27 09:42:47 -0400
Well boy, what will be? Are you going to love it, or are you going to list it?
commented 2015-10-27 09:42:02 -0400
Must have some friends in the decoration and construction business, government contracts will abound with JUT and the liberals. .
commented 2015-10-27 09:41:57 -0400
From the National Post, 2011:
“In 2008, the Auditor General issued a report that said “extensive rehabilitation” of certain 21st-century amenities had become an “urgent matter.” Some aspects of the home were deemed to be in critical condition, a designation defined as posing an immediate threat to personal safety, heritage preservation, or the environment.”
Here’s the link: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/urgent-renovations-needed-on-24-sussex-but-harper-wont-move-out.
commented 2015-10-27 09:26:36 -0400
Cathy Trainor, the prime minister’s residence is always kept in good repair. Justin Trudeau is just another socialist pig gorging himself at the taxpayers expense.
There is no need for him to spend 10 million of taxoayers money to accommodate his personal preferences.
commented 2015-10-27 09:25:59 -0400
Its not hard to see that nut bar J..T..is from Que.and most of the sheep in the left wing media are from Ont.
commented 2015-10-27 09:19:09 -0400
I’m pretty sure that PM Harper kept the place spotless, only it isn’t good enough for a Liberal flake!
commented 2015-10-27 09:11:01 -0400
Justin Trudeau is not responsible for the condition of Sussex Drive. The last tenant didn’t keep it in good repair! Stephen Harper is every landlords worst nightmare! Maintenance is something you do as it is needed. Harper just ignored it!
commented 2015-10-27 08:58:46 -0400
Nothing will be to good for this pompous ass and his greedy followers!
commented 2015-10-27 08:57:41 -0400
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!
commented 2015-10-27 08:52:48 -0400
A rather poor report from Ezra. Does he think the money should not be spent on the renovation of 24 Sussex which, as he says, belongs to the taxpayer? The Trudeau family will not be able to live in the house for several years while the work is being done. Surely the selfish thing to do would have been to live in the house and put off the renovations till the next Prime Minister. That is what Harper did, and he was happy as a clam.
commented 2015-10-27 08:47:48 -0400
The wasteful spending begins.
commented 2015-10-27 08:47:10 -0400
The msm wanted trudeau mania two, now they have it, wonder boy can do no wrong , had harper done anything like this the howls of outrage would have been instant, protests ctv doing entire programs on waste and gov corruption. Now they have there hero to gush about, the media is pathetic and will never ever tell us the truth when it comes to trudeau, Going to be a long four years but watching the MSM lie and cover for JT will be entertaining
commented 2015-10-27 08:44:39 -0400
An entitled life leads to entitled spending – trudope has it all in spades.