Taxpayers are footing the bill for a $10 million renovation to 24 Sussex Dr., which is typically the official residence of Canada’s prime minister. While the renovations are underway, the prime minister’s family is living at Rideau Cottage, but also has access to a vacation cottage in Quebec, Harrington Lake.
Documents obtained exclusively by the Rebel show that Canada’s first family has had some odd requests at that property.
Emails between National Capital Commission staff and the Prime Minister’s Office show that “Mrs”—referring to Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau”—doesn’t like the taste of the water, even though continuous testing done by the NCC shows that there is nothing wrong with it, and even a PMO representative said it’s completely potable.
In the meantime, the Trudeaus are getting drinking water supplied only in glass bottles, instead of drinking from the tap like the rest of Canadians do.
The basement of Harrington Lake is also being renovated, with a newly-purchased ping-pong table and hockey game requiring new lighting. The Prime Minister’s Office stipulated that only incandescent lighting will be used—the NCC actually had to replace existing fluorescent lighting to make the space more appealing.