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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says conversations are continuing with the National Capital Commission about the fate of 24 Sussex Drive, the prime minister’s official residence.

The commission, a federal Crown corporation whose responsibilities include managing the official residences, raised concerns about the condition of the property originally built in 1868 and redeveloped as an official residence for the prime minister in 1950. There are a history of the residence here.

“We are in consultation. We are evaluating our options. And when we come to a decision, we’ll share it with you,” Trudeau said at a news conference on Friday.

Trudeau said the government was working with the Capital Commission and other experts to ensure a safe and stable environment for “current and future prime ministers” as well as the interests of Canadians.

Mr Trudeau and his family have lived at Rideau Cottage on the grounds of Rideau Hall instead of 24 Sussex Drive since he led the Liberals to power in 2015.

“We know 24 Sussex has been overlooked by many generations of politicians and prime ministers over the years,” Trudeau said.

“Unfortunately, he is in a terrible state.”

The prime minister said the property is an important historic building, but there are concerns about safety.

When asked if he would make a decision during this term and if he was concerned about criticism over the renovation of the prime minister’s residence and how much it might cost, Trudeau said he didn’t. had no intention of living at 24 Sussex Drive, no matter how long he was Prime Minister.

This week, the CEO of the Capital Commission said, according to The Ottawa Citizen, that he had urged federal officials on the need to repair Canada’s official residences, including 24 Sussex Drive.

The residence was listed as being in “critical” condition in a commission report last year and in need of $36.6 million in work. Citizen’s story is here.

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NEWS OF THE DAY

CANADIAN LOAN FOR UKRAINE – Canada will lend up to $120 million to Ukraine as Kiev prepares for a possible war with Russia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday. History here.

TRUDEAU COMMITS TO ACTION AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING – Canada is doing all it can to prevent people smuggling across the U.S. border after a family of four froze to death in a ‘stunning’ tragedy , Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday. History here.

CHAMPAGNE TO EXPLAIN THE ACQUISITION OF THE MINE – François-Philippe Champagne, the federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, will appear before a federal committee as early as next week and answer questions about why the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau authorizes the acquisition of the Canadian lithium company Neo Lithium Corp. by a state-owned Chinese mining company without conducting a formal safety review.

EXPLANATION FOR CONFUSED STATEMENT — The turmoil and confusion over whether truckers would remain exempt from the vaccination mandate last week stemmed from bureaucrats’ misinterpretation of policy from more than one federal agency — including the one that coordinates Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. History here.

MEETING IN HAITI FRIDAY – The U.S. State Department says it looks forward to a productive meeting today when Central American leaders meet online with Foreign Minister Melanie Joly to discuss the future of Haiti. ‘Haiti. History here. Meanwhile, Canada’s ambassador to Haiti is calling for an “inclusive political agreement” to settle a deepening constitutional crisis following the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moise. History here.

SASKATCHEWAN REDEPLOYS GOVERNMENT WORKERS – The Saskatchewan Health Authority says it is considering redeploying government employees from other departments to help the health care system. History here.

FUNDING FOR FIRST NATIONS’ OMICRON RESPONSE – Indigenous Services Canada says it will provide $125 million in public health funding to First Nations to strengthen their responses to the Omicron variant. History here.

THIS AND THAT

The House of Commons adjourned until January 31 at 11 a.m. ET.

CANADA’S FINANCE MINISTERS DISCUSSION – Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, also Minister of Finance, is hosting a virtual meeting with provincial and territorial finance ministers on Friday.

THE DECIBEL – . In Friday’s edition of The Globe and Mail podcast, Future of Work reporter Vanmala Subramaniam explains why the hot-desking trend is gaining momentum now. It’s the idea that there are no assigned seats in an office. Instead, an employee reserves their place through an app before entering. Ms. Subramaniam also talks about what workers have told her about their experience with hot-desking and how hot-desking will transform office life post-pandemic. The decibel is there.

PRIME MINISTER’S DAY

Private meetings. The Prime Minister made a virtual announcement with Housing Minister Ahmed Hussen, then held a press briefing. The Prime Minister delivered a speech at the opening of a meeting of foreign ministers on Haiti, organized by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly. And he took part in a virtual celebration of the 100th birthday of Lincoln Alexander, Canada’s first black MP.

LEADERS

No scheduled schedule for party leaders.

OPINION

John Ibbitson (The Globe and Mail) on how the Senate of the new era will not face its true test until we have our next Conservative government: “The real test of the Senate will come when there is a change of government, when it is not necessarily a government that the appointees agree with,” said Kathy Brock, a political scientist at Queen’s University who has a long-standing interest in the Senate. we learn how the Red Chamber works under these conditions, we won’t really know if it works at all. , he only appointed independent senators, even though they mostly shared a progressive outlook.

Gary Mason (Globe and Mail) on Alberta Premier Jason Kenney as the Boris Johnson of Canadian politics:So, even if some will say that Mr. Madu’s intentions were neither malicious nor corrupt, it does not matter. He violated a sacred principle of government. He may have found other ways, or avenues, to solve this problem that didn’t involve him picking up the phone and calling the best cop in town. There is, however, another troubling aspect to the whole affair: the question of what Mr. Kenney knew, and when he knew it. As mentioned, the incident and the phone call happened 10 months ago. According to veteran Alberta columnist Don Braid, he was widely known to cabinet members and discussed on “joking” terms. It seems inconceivable that if cabinet members knew about this, Mr. Kenney did not either.

Elizabeth Renzetti (The Globe and Mail) why real men take paternity leave: “You may have seen a recent photo of NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in a classic new-parent pose, holding his baby girl while trying to peek at his laptop. Sadly, this lovely moment of fatherly devotion was overshadowed by a rocking chair. The $1,895 rocking chair was a gift for Mr Singh’s wife, and he landed in hot water when he tagged the chair maker in an Instagram post. He now says the couple are reimbursing the cost of the chair and the NDP is working with the ethics commissioner on a disclosure. The photo caused quite a stir. If you travel the devilish highway that is Twitter, you’ll see some fury directed at Mr. Singh and his whimsical rocker. I understand the anger: it was a stupid and possibly unethical decision. But really, I’m just sad, because this was an opportunity for a progressive politician to take a stand on something hugely important, which is the need for new dads to loudly and proudly enjoy paid parental leave.

Tanya Talaga (The Globe and Mail) on how a fire killed Indigenous children again – because poverty burns through generations: “Let this sobering truth sink in: First Nations children under the age of 10 are 86 times more likely to die in a fire than non-Indigenous children, according to Ontario’s Chief Coroner’s Table on Understanding First Nations Fire Deaths, which released a damning report last year after studying 56 fire deaths in 29 fires in 20 First Nations over 10 years. How often do we have to read government reports, parliamentary committee hearings, or new programs needed to fund fire safety and basic infrastructure in First Nations communities? How many times must the Assembly of First Nations and territorial political organizations shout from the rooftops about the need to adequately fund fire safety?

Konrad Yakabuski (The Globe and Mail) on the fact that it will be much more difficult to control inflation than to stimulate the economy: “If you’ve been on the hunt for a new fridge for the past few weeks, you’re probably still suffering from sticker shock. Refrigerator prices rose nearly 14% in December, as Canada’s headline inflation rate hit a 30-year high of 4.8%. Everything suddenly costs more, from that fridge and the groceries you put in it (up 5.7%) to a new car (7.2% more) and gas (33%) which it probably works with. From home insurance (9.3%) to housing costs (5.4%), Canadians are shelling out more and more of their income just to cover the essentials. Some very smart people insist that this nasty price spike is a nice problem to have.

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