OFFICIAL FEDERAL RESIDENCES

Changes to the Structure of Parliament call for
the reallocation of some Federal Buildings

PARLIAMENT as described in Wikipedia:.....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliament_of_Canada
"The Parliament of Canada (French: Parlement du Canada) is the federal legislative branch of Canada, seated at Parliament Hill in the national capital, Ottawa. Formally, the body consists of the Canadian monarch - represented by her Governor General - the Senate, and the House of Commons, each element having its own officers and organisation. The Governor General summons and appoints each of the 105 members of the upper house on the advice of the Prime Minister of Canada, while the 308 members of the lower house are directly elected by eligible voters in the Canadian populace, with each Member of Parliament representing a single electoral district.

Per democratic tradition, the House of Commons is the dominant branch of parliament, the Senate and Crown rarely opposing its will. The Senate, thus, reviews legislation from a less partisan standpoint, and the monarch and viceroy provide the necessary Royal Assent to make bills into law and summon, prorogue, and dissolve parliament in order to call an election, as well as reading the Throne Speech. The current parliament, summoned by Governor General MichaŽlle Jean on 18 November 2008, is the 40th since Confederation."
Aspects no longer applicable are shown as deleted from this text.

The restructuring of Government will result in certain buildings, or portions thereof, falling into disuse. For example, Canada no longer has a "Queen" so all connections with Royalty cease to exist - no Governor General, nor Lt-Governor Generals, no Queen's Privy Council for Canada, and residential properties previously used by them will be reallocated.

In Rome there was the Senate and the people of Rome ("senatus populusque romanus"). We have inherited the British system whereby the common people were given "The House of Commons" and the aristocracy, including hereditary peers, maintained an unelected "Senate" - as a brake on the 'whims' of the people, whenever the ruling class deemed it necessary - for their own protection or benefit.

Our Senate is an unelected body, established to protect the interests of the aristocracy, and no benefit ensues to the sovereign citizens of Canada. There will be no further salaries paid, special privileges will end, including special pensions, and funding for its upkeep will be cancelled. This will free up administrative staff, who can be reallocated, as well as all areas/buildings currently utilised by the Senate. We will then be free to upgrade the name of the "House of Commons" to the term "Senate", and senators will be the duly elected representatives of the sovereign people of Canada. This will result in substantial cost-savings.

There are undoubtedly a few members of the current Senate who could make a worthwhile contribution to life in Canada. There are several possible outlets for such individuals - as Directors or Governors of a 'Saintly Bank'; a position within the cabinet; or standing for election once we are ready to implement a fresh slate of representatives of the Canadian people.

Further substantial savings will result from the absence of the official "Opposition", which was designed to hamper progress by the ordinary people. All representatives will be working together in harmony to benefit the Canadian people, regardless of the province in which they live, and to uphold the standing of Canada in the eyes of the world, rather than furthering business or political interests.

There are a number of urban and country residences traditionally earmarked for government officials in office. The descriptions of these have been taken in general from the official government websites and suggestions are made here for their future use.

RESIDENCE
     CURRENT OCCUPANT
24 Sussex Drive Prime Minister
Stornoway Leader of the Opposition
Kingsmere - The Farm Speaker of the House of Commons
Harrington Lake Summer Retreat of the Prime Minister
Rideau Hall Governor General
The Citadel Summer Retreat - the Governor General
7 Rideau Gate Visiting Dignitaries

Advisory Committee on the Official Residences of Canada (ACORC)

"Provides objective, professional advice for decisions by the Commission or its Executive Committee on the asset management and related matters of the six official residences of Canada located in the National Capital Region, including Rideau Hall, 24 Sussex Drive, Harrington Lake, Stornoway, the Farm at Kingsmere and 7 Rideau Gate. With respect to the Citadel in Quebec City, the ACORC provides advice to Public Works and Government Services Canada as the custodian of that official residence.

ACORC consists of experts in interior design, architecture, heritage and real estate development."

This Committee could continue in its present form, although actual use of assets will be determined by the Prime Minister after consultation with Cabinet.


Intellectual Property of
Dr Milson Macleod, January 2010

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