Taxpayers billed over $41K to study abandoned barn at PM’s cottage residence


Canadian taxpayers were billed $41,545 to study whether an abandoned and dilapidated barn located at the traditional cottage getaway of the prime minister, Harrington Lake, was worth restoring. Exclusive documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the National Capital Commission (NCC) paid the sum for preliminary studies 2019. An additional $25,000 is required to restore the abandoned building which the NCC, who is in charge of the property, hopes to use for maintenance storage purposes. “Due to a persistent lack of adequate funding, the building has reached such a state of disrepair that it became unsafe for staff to access for several years,” the NCC told the CTF.

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