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Fixing 22 Sussex Drive.

By Dave Carr

It was almost an aside last week when the Prime Minister mused that he probably would never live at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa. But the remark took me aback, because Justin Trudeau IS the Prime Minister of Canada, that IS the official residence of the PM, and this particular one happens to have been born there. Well you already know,the place is an asbestos-filled wreck and for decades now a political football. Successive governments of two parties, facing Opposition morality, indignation and fiscal prudence, have kicked the can down the road. Justin OK'd renovation upon election, but -- we are now more than two years into his mandate and nothing's happening. Instead, we've spend more than $113,000 in short-tern repairs so far, plus about $36,000 a month in upkeep and maintenance. including the pool, which we are told the Trudeaus slips over to use once in a while. Look -- France has the Elysee Palace for its leader. You know all about 10 Downing Street and the White House. And even President Truman completely gutted the White House right back to its skin in 1950. I think the Canadian Prime Minister deserves a similar permanent residence. 24 Sussex has only been the official residence since 1951, so we can repair it, or even, dare I say it, build a new one. Or maybe the 22-room Rideau Cottage, where the Trudeaus now live, becomes the permanent answer. We are one of the best, and best-loved countries in the world by every measure. Our Prime Minister deserves action by his own government. Or maybe, the Canadian answer is just going down the road to Motel 6. Hey, he'll leave the light on for you. 


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