The house at 24 Sussex Drive was originally commissioned in 1866 by lumberman and Member of Parliament Joseph Merrill Currier as a wedding gift for his wife to be. He named it Gorffwysfa, Welsh for "place of rest."
In 1943, the federal Crown used its sovereign power of expropriation to divest Gordon Edwards of his title to the house, in order to consolidate public ownership of the lands along the Ottawa River. Edwards had fought the action, but eventually lost the dispute with the Canadian government in 1946 and died at the house later that year
Ok, so the feds own it, the NCC manages it and PWGSC is responsible for the work. That is the way I see it based on the information that I have seen.
Does this seem correct to others?
But does not the property manager not have some responsibility? I really don't see how that it could not be the case?
Please help me understand. If a water pipe burst and you are paying for property management to look after such issues and they don't do the job how is it that the owner is left with all accountability?
Last edited by screature; Dec 1st, 2013 at 05:50 PM.
In construction legalese, however, the "owner" is the party legally held responsible for what happens during a construction project.
I know what you're driving at about the construction legalese, but I was actually thinking of property management legalese when I mentioned the owner is ultimately responsible, which in those terms means the party that legally owns the property. That's who gets slapped with the Work Order due to failing to meet property standards, for example.
He actually spent no money. The people of Canada did...
I would be interested to see the total cost of any renovation he did when compared to the cost of his personal extravagance.
From the Ottawa Citizen:
During the Trudeau area, Public Works spends $850,345.93 on the property. In 1973 the 20-year-old kitchen is replaced with a “restaurant-style” set up.
A controversial $200,000 pool house and sauna, joined to the main house by underground tunnel, are added. The addition is paid for by a group of anonymous donors, unknown to this day. With security kiosks and pool, the buildings now total more than 21,800 square feet.
Location: Aylmer (Gatineau) across the river from Ottawa
Originally Posted by Macfury
To be honest, PET's pool was paid for by "private donors" whom Trudeau would not reveal (because he claimed he did not know their names). Therefore, this expensive-to-maintain gift to the future was obtained by subterfuge and not on the public dime. Only its legacy maintenance costs affect the taxpayer.
Originally Posted by Macfury
Again, PET had the pool supplied by "anonymous donors" not taxpayers.
Sorry I missed your point the first time around.
Too bad we didn't have e-mail and an Access To Information Act, etc. back then...
Maybe there would be a few raised eyebrows about where the money came from to pay for PET's personal extravagance if there were.
And yet somehow this government is the most "opaque" in history.