It’s Mouse Infested and Drafty, It’s 24 Sussex Drive

Prime Minister Trudeau says it is unlikely he’ll ever return to live at 24 Sussex Drive, the deteriorating, mouse-infested, hydro-draining and official residence of Canada’s head of government sits vacant. An auditor general’s report in 2008 called for “urgent” repairs to the stone mansion. The report said the 35-room residence, built in 1868, hasn’t had major renovations in 50 years and pegged the repair bill at $10 million, that was 10 million, 10 years ago and costs just keep climbing. It also found the windows, plumbing, electrical systems, heating and air conditioning in critical condition, and noted the home had no fire sprinklers and contained asbestos, a health hazard and a costly removal. Former prime minister Paul Martin, once went to Canadian Tire to buy plastic to cover the home’s drafty windows. While the home itself dates back to Confederation, it was originally built in 1866 for a prominent logging baron. While it sits vacant 24 Sussex racks up maintenance bills. It cost on average $180,000 to keep it heated, lit up and clear of snow for the winter. The hydro bills alone for 5 months weigh in at close to $40 thousand……..Ed

Source: Catharine Tunney / Photo: Tom Hanson/Canadian Press

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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