In 2008, the Auditor General of Canada, Sheila Fraser, deplored this negligence, as recalled in this report by journalist Mathieu Nadon presented to Téléjournal on May 6, 2008.
It would take $10 million to restore the residence, say the Auditor General of Canada and the Federal Capital Commission , responsible for the maintenance of the building.
However, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, like some of his predecessors, does not want to spend money public money to rehabilitate this residence.
In 2021, a report from Canada's National Capital Commission estimated that $36 million would be needed to modernize the residence.
In 2023, this amount would have increased to $40 million and there is debate over whether to renovate the old house or simply build a new residence.
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