I blogged about Mike Holmes coming to the rescue of 24 Sussex, I still think it's a great idea. Next election is Oct 2009, after the Conservatives win a majority, that leaves 4 years to renovate. It also sounds like Mike Holmes might be available after Jan 2009. It would be a great opportunity for regular Canadians to see the house being upgraded. I will never set foot in 24 Sussex, as 98% of Canadians won't, but we could feel part of it if we see the renovations going on in a weekly update from Mike Holmes. Will he do it?
Thanks to commenter Frmgrl, who pointed me to this interview with David Rutherford and Mike, it's worth the listen. Go to May 7 9:00AM and then fast forward to 34:35.
What this boils down to is 30 cents per Canadian to fix a Heritage House that the Prime Minister just happens to live in. Too much you say?
One of Rutherford's guests had an excellent idea....a lottery! Lotto 24 Sussex, tickets $1 or $2 each, for your chance to win a million and get to meet the Prime Minister at the renovated 24 Sussex Drive. Or meet Mike Holmes in person and help with the renovations, I'd love to be flown to Ottawa and see Parliament again.
Think about it, 10 million from taxpayers (.30 each) which many people are already snivelling about, or a lottery where you get a chance to win a million. It's really a win/win idea. If you don't like your tax money going to renovations, no problem, don't buy a ticket.
Lotto 24 Sussex, restore our national treasures!