Bureaucrats told Parliament they’re spending $8.6 million to renovate the official cottage for the prime minister at Harrington Lake. That’s already outrageous. But here at the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, we dug up documents showing that bill is actually more than $10 million ([link removed]) . And the bureaucrats are planning to spend millions more.
To put that in perspective, we wrote a newspaper column ([link removed]) about Oscar Award winning actors and Stanley Cup champions who have spent a lot less on their swanky properties than Ottawa is paying just to reno the luxury retreat for the prime minister.
That’s why the Canadian Taxpayers Federation is pushing the federal government to sell Harrington Lake.
And here’s the good news: Conservative leadership contender Peter MacKay has joined the fight to sell Harrington Lake.
We interviewed MacKay on the Canadian Taxpayers Podcast ([link removed]) and asked him about selling Harrington Lake. You can listen to the interview by clicking this LINK ([link removed]) and here’s the direct quote:
“What does a prime minister need a cottage 20 minutes from his home for anyway?” said MacKay. “I see no hesitation in selling that property. I think there’s a lot of government properties, quite frankly, that we could sell, including the CBC building in downtown Toronto.”
If you want to send MacKay a note and tell him to stick with his plan to sell off Harrington Lake, here’s his email address: [email protected]
This is about more than wasting money on a big luxury cottage estate for the prime minister. This is about sending the message that taxpayers aren’t going to put up with the government wasting our money. So let’s send a strong message on this one.
Thank you for all that you do – it’s making a difference.
- Kris, Todd, Shannon and the whole CTF Team.
PS: Unlike politicians and their friends, Canadian Taxpayers Federation doesn’t take any money from any government. Our work is entirely funded by freewill donations from concerned taxpayers who believe in the important work that we do. Please chip in by clicking on the link to our secure donation page: [link removed] ([link removed])
PPS: If you want to hear all about the exclusive scoop the Canadian Taxpayers Federation dug up about the Harrington Lake reno bills, check out the Canadian Taxpayers Podcast ([link removed]) . You can subscribe to the podcast for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and many others or you can listen in on our YouTube channel ([link removed]) .