Second mansion at Harrington Lake was built in response to Trudeau’s marital trouble

Canada’s National Capital Commission (NCC), the federal agency that manages national heritage properties including the Prime Minister’s homes, was directed to construct a sprawling second mansion at Harrington Lake by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in late 2019 — shortly after the federal election in October and just days following turbulence in the marriage of Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire, a source inside the PMO tells The Chronicle.

The $8.6 million in federal spending was not publicly disclosed until April of this year, which included $3 million to renovate the main house, $2.5 million to reconstruct and relocate what has been described as a caretaker’s house on the grounds, and $3.6 million to construct a second mansion that is intended for the Trudeaus’ use.

Just days after Gregoire threatened to divorce Trudeau last October, when she first began refusing to sleep under the same roof with him, the PMO ordered the NCC to proceed with millions of dollars in unplanned projects at the Prime Ministerial retreat.

“Spending millions of dollars to accommodate the evolving nature of the Prime Minister’s marriage is not fair to the Canadian taxpayer,” the disgruntled political staffer explains.

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said recently in the book, Promise and Peril (2019), that “Trudeau goes to Harrington Lake to get away and chill and not be judged when he’s chilling.

Harrington Lake is a 5.4-hectare property which includes four buildings: the main house, the staff cottage, the upper guest cottage and the lower guest cottage. In addition, another ‘main house’ was constructed earlier this year. A source familiar with the property believes Sophie Trudeau and her children are not living in the traditional main house, based on photos that she has posted on Instagram. 

Trudeau and Gregoire have experienced marital troubles since last October, and after a few short months of counseling, the couple has been separated since February. Gregoire has been living at Harrington Lake with their three children.

As a Crown corporation, the NCC is subject to the Access to Information Act, the Privacy Act and the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act, as well as Government of Canada directives on proactive disclosure — though the Trudeau government has not been complying with the spirit of those rules, which aim to strengthen public sector management by enhancing transparency and oversight of public resources.

The NCC argues that $83 million in renovation projects is necessary to bring 24 Sussex to ‘Good’ condition (without ‘modernizing it’), and is now necessary to address fire hazards at the 34-room official residence. The Trudeaus have refused to reside in the Prime Minister’s official residence since taking office in 2015, despite former Prime Minister Stephen Harper using the property with no complaints.

Instead the Trudeaus chose to move into the recently renovated Rideau Cottage, on the grounds of the Governor General’s palace (known modestly as Rideau Hall). At the time, critics said that Trudeau’s complaints about the adequacy of 24 Sussex were contrived and disrespectful to taxpayers.

Beyond the one-time spending request, the NCC is also asking for an increase in annual appropriations of $24.6 million for ongoing maintenance, repairs and renovation projects. The NCC already spends spends $5 million annually on capital projects — repairs to the official residences and other projects in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

More than $5 million has already been spent in 2015 and 2017 for security upgrades at Rideau Cottage, in order to accommodate Trudeau’s displeasure with the official residence at 24 Sussex.

The Prime Minister’s official residence at 24 Sussex continues to be used by the Prime Minister’s cooking staff, which uses the home’s large kitchen facilities to prepare Trudeau’s meals. A dedicated full-time and fully-pensioned staffer then delivers the meals to Rideau Cottage several times daily. The Prime Minister also continues to use the property’s indoor pool.

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      • If you are so ignorant you don’t know the games Trudeau plays, then continue to defend him. Sure your name isn’t Gerald Butts?

        • WITH A NAME LIKE GODOT….WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU EXPECT FROM AN IDIOT..WHO IS ALSO .CLUELESS AND BRINLESS….MUCH MORE …NOT WORTH MENTIONING…

      • It looks like a provocation)) I was looking for alternative sources of information, but it is not indicated anywhere who is the author of the statement. So I agree. Who wrote this?

      • Well, I think that question can be answered very simply, if Trudeau wasn’t being the “the jerk” that he is, there would be no need for articles such as this one. It falls into the category of “cause and effect”

      • Publishing articles with no specific author is not unusual for newspapers. As is not necessarily revealing sources — very common. You can doubt the veracity of this if you like, but it has a ring of truth. In the past, the Buffalo Chronicle has published information regarding Trudeau that has proven true, while Canadian media sources do not cover Trudeau truthfully. Canadians are kept in the dark about the corrupt and exploitative nature of their current government.

    • What a spoiled petulant brat he is. Tens of millions here and there to adequately house his arrogant backside, no wonder we need a shecession to shecover from this putz.

    • Oh please!!!! Fidel is not the idiots father. The Trudeau family visited Cuba when Justin was a baby. He has his fathers nose and body type. His brains he got from his crazy mother and he looks so much like her. Both are egomaniacs.

      • You are right He definitely has his father’s arrogance and his mother twisted brain. Let’s not forget that Pierre was the ultimate filthy rich communist and that’s how he raised his children

        • They were in Cuba 9 months before he was born and looks just like Castro and nothing like Pierre. Hmm 1 ➕ 1….

      • April 1971 on honeymoon in carriebean they went to an undisclosed island . Ie Cuba (Pierre met Castro in October 1970) . Dec 1971 Justin Castro was born the son of the Illuminati (mrs Maggie Sinclair and Fidel Castro)

      • Pierre was short; not built like Justine. Castro was tall. had curly dark hair & same sort o eyes & mouth as Justine. ..and Pierre liked to hang out with boys..no Viagra back in those day…Maggie was a party girl. . .

  1. The guy is a 1st class hypocrite. Whats even more shocking is that the toadies in his cabinet and his staff let this child get away with his two faced behaviour, not to mention spending tax payers money willy nilly. Yup a trust fund millionaire. I think mental illness runs in the family.

  2. I DIDN’T VOTE FOR THE JERK AND HE WAS NOT A BABY WHEN HIS FATHER AND HIPPY MOTHER VISITED CASTRO….. IN FACT, SHE SMOKED POT WITH CASTRO ………………… SO………………….. CASTRO COULD BE THE FATHER….. DON’T FORGET HIS MOTHER WAS A HIPPY WHEN SHE MARRIED HIS FATHER.

    • And would the Star be good enough to tell us exactly what is false? The Star pushes its own false narratives to protect Liberals. They try to discredit the Chronicle, but cannot disprove the claims bring made because they are true.

  3. I notice people pushing false narratives and posting here have a need to hide behind a pseudonym. You have very short memories or none at all. Be very careful what you wish for because you may get more than you think. Some of you should get over yourselves.

  4. It would make sense for his wife and kids to stay at Harrington during COVID lock down, as I image there is more to do for the kids with no school or visiting friends.

    If the rumours of their marital separation
    are true, they need to stop the charade and staged photo ops and justw move on with their lives. No one cares if they are divorced!

    But to continue the separation to bilk the taxpayers out of free government housing as long as he hangs on as PM is wrong and more evidence of the grift that is so common in politics today.

    • They haven’t been in photos together for months. Where was she during the last campaign, she was long gone before covid. Wake up

    • The image of the happy family man is critical for the Liberal Party and they have done everything they can to hide what has been going on. This government spends a fortune – as much as 1.2 BILLION dollars a year – propping up the CBC, so biting the hand the feeds them is not about to happen any time soon!

  5. What a pampered jerk. He was not brought up with any ethics. Shame on his parents and for Canadians not seeing that in his first term.

  6. The Liberal party must have known he was a MORON, yet they made him their leader, obviously NOTHING is more important to a liberal then power! The whole party is a JOKE !
    I would amputate my right arm rather then vote liberal.

    • Iam going to laugh when he is sleeping in tent city in Ottawa after his wife cleans him out through divorce courts,and he is stripped of being our useless P.M. just watch and wait ,it’s coming soon peaple !

  7. WHY ARE TAX PAYERS BEING SCREWED FOR THINGS LIKE CABINS AND OTHER EXPENSES HE CREATES THROUGH ATTITUDE , HE SHOULD LIVE IN 24 SUSSEX UNLESS ITS CONDEMNED OR PAY THE DIFFERENCE HIMSELF.

  8. You are all wasting your time. The corruption there is in politics will NEVER stop and the injustice will continue as it always has. Accountability?? It will NEVER happen.

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