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24 Sussex Drive? Git ‘er done!


This old house is a afraid of thunder . . . and well, just about everything.

This old house is afraid of thunder . . . and well, just about everything.

Although I have yet to be personally invited to the Prime Minister’s official residence at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, as a partial owner (one-thirty-three-millionth of it is mine as a taxpayer) I feel I have a stake in how it’s managed. It’s scandalous that the wiring hasn’t been updated since the 1950s and the entire structure is in need of a complete overhaul. I do find those portable air conditioners hanging from the third floor windows a bit unsightly but considering the home has no insulation, I can sympathize. I favour renovation rather than a tear-down as I really don’t want some new post-modern McMansion overlooking the river. We kinda like the old limestone homestead.

If you want it done right - the first time - call in the Canuck dream team.

If you want it done right – the first time – call in the Canuck dream team.

Now, in the true Canadian spirit of Dudley Doright riding up on his shiny black Mountie horse, professional fixer-uppers Mike Holmes and Brian Baeumler have stepped up to the plate and offered to do the work as part of a television series. Call in Scott McGillivray and we have an über-hunk trifecta guaranteed to git ‘er done, done right, on time and on budget. They’ve already proven it hundreds of times. Add Brian Gluckstein to the mix for the interior design and we’d have a dream team that would create something that would garner world-wide attention and praise. If Justin and the missus pitched in a few hours of free labour the work would go even faster.

The possibilities are intoxicating.  Mike, Brian and Scott understand and have built to sensitive environmental and energy standards. They’re sticklers for building to code or even exceeding it. They have a support network of resources second to none. After all, they have done amazing things in only half an hour on television. And if Brian Gluckstein did the interiors, it would never go out of fashion and 24 Sussex would be eternally tasteful for entertaining foreign and local dignitaries.

Fortunately for Canadians, 24 Sussex is not a gas plant so there's a chance it will be completed and completed without blame, shame or screwing of the taxpayers.

Fortunately for Canadians, 24 Sussex is not a gas plant so there’s a chance it could be completed, and completed without blame, shame or screwing of the taxpayers by another Liberal government.

All levels of government are notoriously inept at managing construction projects. Just look at the ridiculous pace of highway repairs and construction, the Gardiner Expressway fiasco, Ontario gas plants and the “Bridge to Nowhere” as perfect examples. I’m sure the National Capital Commission has numerous stories of shame and mismanagement that we never even hear about. Bring on our own team of Canuck-hunks and just watch them whip old 24 Sussex into shape. It would be a source of national pride, built to code, energy-efficient, family-friendly, showcasing Canadian materials and workmanship and restoring our national pride. Heck, I’ll bet we could even include a granny flat for Maggie who’s getting up there and will probably soon need a little help (after all, she’s my age), a fumoir (wink, wink) and a legal basement apartment for some refugees. And it could all be done before Justin’s daughter becomes Prime Minister. Just say the word, Justin. Make the call.


Author: Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

12 thoughts on “24 Sussex Drive? Git ‘er done!

  1. I was reading about this in the newspaper. Could be a great opportunity and they can make a documentary about it. We are such a young country I would hate to think (as some are suggesting) that we do a tear down. Keep your ideas flowing!


  2. Great blog Linda – I agree with you on the work that needs to be done to the PM’s official residence – it’s been left way to long. I remember the hue and cry from folks when previous Trudeau PM & Mrs. made a few deco & reno changes to the then falling apart building, and added a pool to the property. It’s time for the professional reno “hunks” to get to work to save our historic PM’s residence.

    Colleen from Peterborough


  3. Some great ideas that might fly if pitched as a reality show. Sponsors could handle at least some of the financial burden.


  4. Did you CC this to Justin?


  5. Lynda, pls send this one to the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen, The Globe and Mail and any other respectable newspaper that you can think of. It ought to be published at large. It’s full of bright ideas and it is witty. You never know!


  6. Damn spell check……should read ‘Brilliant idea….. git’er done.


  7. Brilliant ideas…. let’s bidder done.


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