Justin Trudeau’s Big Renovations and Small Stature

Justin Trudeau has said he refuses to move into the Prime Minister’s residence at 24 Sussex Drive until it has a multi-million dollar renovation. Estimates of the cost run as high as $150 million. $150,000 would provide a handsome renovation for any home, including that of the Prime Minister. Renovations costing hundreds or a thousand times that are not only excessive and wasteful, but should be viewed as a national disgrace, and not a matter of national pride. I think Trudeau Jr.’s stature is not fitting of his position. He is Prime Minister, not king, emperor or tzar. He should not be so juvenile.

David Suzuki was right, Justin Trudeau is an asinine little “twerp”. And the Liberal party is clearly insane as well as corrupt – just like the Conservatives. Surprise, surprise. Our new messiah turned out to be not so messiah-like after all.

The auditor-general apparently gave a report estimating renovations to 24 Sussex to cost $10 million. Even $10 million seems very excessive – if the cost was kept to that, which is doubtful – considering homelessness, poverty and issues of lack of clean drinking water in communities across Canada. Anything beyond that would seem to me simply criminal as well as insane.
Maybe we should build a model ecological home, very statuesque, but not garishly opulent or over-sized, and if that costs $10 million to make it a flagship for environmental construction and grand, environmentally sound homes, then so be it – at least it would serve some higher purpose. Otherwise, the price tag just seems offensive in light of pressing social and environmental issues in the country.
A typical home could have a major renovation, including new heating and cooling systems and new wiring, for under $150,000. Six times that, or roughly $1 million, would seem the sane upper limit. Beyond that, it is becoming nauseating – unless, of course, we want to aspire to Pentagon levels of corruption and waste, which I think most Canadians would find appalling.

Spending millions of dollars on a home renovation for the Prime Minister when people are going without affordable housing or clean drinking water, when there are homeless people on the streets in the nation’s capital and all across the country, seems like an abomination to me, and should be to anyone of sound mind and basic decency.

I would probably refuse to move into 24 Sussex Drive as well – but not because it is too shabby, but because it is too opulent. I’d rather camp out in a tee-pee behind the Parliament buildings and live there, and turn the Prime Minister’s quarters into a homeless shelter.

I’d tear up some of the grass and plant a vegetable garden, and install solar panels to power a stereo and laptop – my two concessions to the modern world. That, or better, for the sake of decorum, keep the grounds of the Parliament buildings intact, and live in a little log cabin in the woods, across the river from the Parliament buildings, outside Chelsea, Quebec, as I’ve done before, and would happily do again.

And where would the Prime Minister greet and host visiting dignitaries, if he is residing in a little cabin in the woods? Well, there is the Chateau Laurier, which is right next door to the Parliament buildings, and which is fancy enough for even the most vain and self-important of state officials and world “leaders.” And I believe there are one or two rooms in the Parliament buildings that are suitable for meetings as well.

Personally, I think that anyone that is so selfish, small-minded and petty as to refuse to move into 24 Sussex Drive until it has a multi-million dollar renovation, is not worthy of running a shoe store in the local strip mall, much less being the leader of a major country.

Justin Trudeau is finger painting his name and his own honourifics on his father’s shrine. It is disgraceful behaviour, not fitting of a back-bencher, much less the Prime Minister of a leading nation.

Justin Trudeau is no Tommy Douglas, no Nelson Mandela, no Dalai Lama, no Ashoka, no Aung San Suu Kyi, Gandhi, Zapata or Martin Luther King Jr., no great leader of any kind. He would appear to be, by all indications, a spoiled rich boy who is out of his depth, and lacking in both character and integrity, as well as judgement. The boy king has no clothes.

Some will find this critique of the new Prime Minister too harsh, but I think the selfishness and small-mindedness that has just been demonstrated requires a strong response, because it is an indicator of character and stature, or a lack of these.

Our “leaders” need to be held accountable. If the people refuse to hold their leaders accountable, and the political elite begin to feel they can do anything they like, without having to account for their actions, then things can quickly get out of hand.

Leadership is about service to the people – it is not about self-glorification or self-indulgence. Anyone who is confused about this is not fitting of the role. With great power comes great responsibility. It should not come with great vanity.

The era of infantile grandiosity must come to an end. The era of magnanimity must begin. If the country is not led by compassion, then it is not led, but degraded, and nothing good will come of it, I assure you.

5 Responses to “Justin Trudeau’s Big Renovations and Small Stature”

  1. As much as I don’t like or trust Trudeau, and I loath him as much as you do, its well known that 24 sussex is in deseprate need of repair for along time now and if the repairs keep being put off, things deteriate even more and the cost to fix it increases. This isn’t just a vanity thing, its a part of Canadian history.

    • You may be right that 24 Sussex is in need of repair, but my thoughts on that would be as follows – and I’ve added them to the article above, for further context, so thank you again for your very constructive criticism.

      (I don’t loath anyone, by the way, although I am deeply wary of Trudeau Jr. and the Liberals, as well as all three major political parties in Canada, and with good reason.)

      Estimates of the cost of renovations run as high as $150 million. $150,000 would provide a handsome renovation for any home, including that of the Prime Minister. Renovations costing hundreds or a thousand times that are not only excessive and wasteful, but should be viewed as a national disgrace, and not a matter of national pride.

  2. jtoddring Says:

    In response to some criticisms of the article I posted, here are some thoughts.

    Firstly, again, I do not loath anyone, as some have mistakenly thought. I may be very angry with a person’s actions, but that does not mean that I hate that person. Hatred involves malice, or a desire to harm another or see harm come to another. I have no malice. Am I angry at the state of our country and this world? Of course. Any sane person has to be. But I do not hate. There is a big difference here.

    I do find the actions of many political “leaders” infuriating, and as David Suzuki said, “There has never been a better time to be scared and angry.” The world is falling apart, ecologically and in other ways, and we have “leaders” who are, at best, doing extremely little about it, and at worst, blocking the very changes that are needed in order to adequately address and respond to the social and ecological crises we face.

    Justin Trudeau is blocking the kinds of actions we need to take in order to seriously address the environmental crisis which is rapidly bringing the entire human species to the brink of extinction – among other glaring faults of his “leadership”, such as his support for disastrous corporate rights agreements such as CETA.

    As David Suzuki said, none of the major political parties in Canada, other than the Greens, are at all serious about the environment. Justin Trudeau is in favour of the Keystone pipeline and further tar sands development, which, if pushed through, will literally mean the death of our species.

    So he is an incompetent “twerp”, as David Suzuki called him, at best. We will give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he is not simply corrupted by big money flowing from tar sands crude and the big oil lobby. We will assume he is simply a boob who is out of his depth. But that still should make us very angry.

    My outrage at predicted excessive spending on renovations on 24 Sussex was certainly coloured by these facts of Justin Trudeau’s glaring failures and extreme lack of integrity in other areas.

    Of course I have no problem with the building being repaired or renovated; I simply do not want to see millions of dollars wasted while people in Canada go without a home of any kind, or go without safe, clean drinking water.

    If I was mistaken in some ways, then please forgive the honest errors. But the argument remains valid: if 24 Sussex is to be renovated, let’s not be extravagant about it, while people go homeless and lack clean water. And given Justin Trudeau’s unconscionable lack of integrity with regards to big oil and the environment, I was and am inclined to have little or no faith in him abiding by principles of frugality and compassion, or basic integrity. He has shown he has none.

    I hope this answers the few angry responses I have seen to the article. I do not know why anyone would be so passionate about defending Justin Trudeau, frankly, because the boy king has shown no merit that would deserve such a passionate defence, or any defence at all. It really is quite mind-boggling to me, and I find it quite childish. Not all criticisms were in this vein, but a few clearly came out of a misplaced loyalty to Trudeau Jr., which is something to be expected, since even the worst political figures have their loyal fans and admirers.

  3. jtoddring Says:

    But a valid point was made, and that point is taken – I will be more careful about sources now. I usually am extremely careful with sources. I don’t generally cite the network media, for example, because the network media is garbage (across the spectrum from the CBC, BBC, PBS and TVO through to MSNBC, CNN and Fox), and is extremely unreliable at best, and at worst, and more typically, is filled with lies, half-truths, distortions, spin, illusions and propaganda. Most writers happily use the major network media sources and see nothing wrong with that. I find that an extremely low standard, and one that is utterly unacceptable. So my standards for sources are generally far higher than that of the vast majority of writers, journalists, bloggers, scholars and other commentators. Being criticized on that point really is quite hypocritical in the extreme, in most cases. But I will be even more careful about sources now.

    I’ve listed some of the sources I find generally reliable and trustworthy, and I’ll list them again, in case anyone is wondering, and in order to make good sources more widely known. The Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives, The Centre For Research On Globalization, Michel Chossudovsky, Paul Craig Roberts, Trends Research, Gerald Celente, Max Keiser and the Keiser Report, The New Internationalist, Canadian Dimension, CounterPunch, The Real News Network, Z Magazine, The Council of Canadians and The David Suzuki Foundation are a few sources which are generally very reliable, and incomparably more so than the CBC or other major media networks and news sources anywhere in the world.

  4. jtoddring Says:

    I will stick to these dozen or so reliable sources more exclusively from now on. The great majority of the rest is simply a quagmire. I would recommend others do the same.

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