SIMS: Primo price tag for PM’s cottage renos

For the money the feds are wasting on renovating the prime minister’s official cottage at Harrington Lake, Canadian taxpayers could buy mega mansions lock, stock and barrel, and we’d still have Lamborghini money left over.

The National Capital Commission is spending more than $8.6 million in taxpayers’ money to renovate just one of Harrington Lake’s buildings and another $2.5 million stealthily relocating the guest cottage on the Gatineau Park property. They’re planning on blowing more than $17 million in taxpayers’ money in total to finish renos at Harrington Lake.

The National Capital Commission is a board of 15 people and 461 listed employees who live in Ottawa and Gatineau, a locale that movers and shakers near Parliament Hill usually call “the national capital region.”

Its mandate is mostly to maintain the pathways, statues and heritage buildings in the area, including the prime minister’s residence at 24 Sussex, the cottage at Harrington Lake, as well as the Meech Lake property and opposition leader’s residence.

It’s like a supersized parks and rec department with a penchant for stone masonry, and it cost Canadian taxpayers about $72 million last year. If we add in the parliamentary appropriations (taxpayers’ money) that it spent on tangible assets, that’s an additional $37.2 million spent last year.

Canadian rock star couple Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne reportedly paid about $5.4 million for their entire mansion in Los Angeles.

NHL star Corey Perry bought his super fancy house in London, Ont., for $7.2 million last year.

Academy award-winning actress Halle Berry sold a very fancy cottage in the Laurentians for $1.6 million.

The Muskoka cottages in Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn’s neck of the woods routinely sell for about $2.5 million. Note: These cottages have granite countertops, tennis courts and humongous Jacuzzi tubs. They’re not roughing it when they escape from New York.

These house-hunting price tags mean that for the amount of taxpayers’ money the National Capital Commission is spending on the cottage renos at Harrington Lake, we could instead purchase Chad and Avril’s L.A. mansion, Perry’s house, Berry’s lavish getaway, and a very fancy cottage near Kurt and Goldie, and we’d still have about $300,000 left over to buy a Lamborghini.