Last summer CBC broke the news of a near miss with an expensive sauna installation at the Prime Minister’s cottage at Harrington Lake as part of a broader story about some of the upgrades being made at the retreat.
According to CBC, Justin Trudeau ultimately paid the tab for a lavish sauna but taxpayers were stuck with a nearly $4,500 bill for wiring the behemoth.
But, access to information documents obtained by the CBC also showed it could have been much worse because the sauna installation was initially going to cost $65,000.
Plans show the sauna was to be installed in one location for the winter and then moved to another in the spring. Two wiring bills, two landscaping bills, plus a new deck and enclosure caused the quoted costs to skyrocket.
But brakes were put on the travelling sauna scheme.
Again, according to the CBC:
“The idea, considered for a while, to move the sauna to a constructed deck was discarded. It remains in the original location," said NCC spokesperson Jean Wolff.
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) agreed with the less costly approach.”
The CBC, the PMO and the National Capital Commission - the agency in charge of Harrington Lake and official Prime ministerial properties - want Canadians to believe they didn’t proceed with moving the sauna due to the cost.
Trudeau became a fiscal conservative when it comes to his luxury sauna? No way.
We didn’t believe it, so we dug deeper and found many of the same documents the CBC did - quotes for a total of $64,386 to have the sauna hop around the yard.
We also saw an email with bureaucrats trying to make the Trudeaus understand the kind of sauna they had bought and how to use it properly without ruining it. The Trudeaus bought a dry sauna but treated it like a wet one, dumping so much water inside that bureaucrats took the ladles and buckets away so the Trudeaus didn't destroy their new spa!
We learned about cedars that were very nearly chopped down because they obstructed the view to and from the sauna’s new location.
And we also found the real reason the sauna wasn’t moved, and it certainly wasn’t cost.
Watch as I show you how we know money was no object to these people.
The CBC ran with the Liberal friendly bureaucratic excuse that the PM chose the cheaper option, but unlike them, we’ve published the documents so you can see for yourself.
You know what they say: You just can't trust the mainstream media.