Oct 23, 2015
By Michael Kramer
Incoming prime minister Justin Trudeau will decide soon – whether he and his family will delay their move into 24 Sussex Drive.
That’s because the prime minister’s official residence is in need of major renovations. A report from the auditor general’s office in 2008 put the cost of renovating the building at 10-million dollars.
The report lists a number of problems – including cracked windows and caulking; noisy and inefficient air-conditioning units; a deficient plumbing system; and an inadequate electrical system.
Trudeau and his family have been renting a home for the last two years or so – in the wealthy Ottawa neighbourhood of Rockcliffe – but it’s been sold.
The National Capital Commission manages 24 Sussex Drive – and says it will ensure the Trudeaus are accommodated in a comfortable and appropriate setting.