Chris Selley sees 24 Sussex as our national metaphor.
Still, this wasn’t how it was supposed to be. At least since the Mulroney era, the government has treated this reno project waiting to happen like political plutonium. Harper was, not surprisingly, no different. After being elected, he ignored suggestions he delay moving in to allow repairs, calling the house “gorgeous” and “beautiful,” and saying he couldn’t imagine how anyone “could complain about living there”—a clear dig at Sheila Martin, who had the temerity to suggest central air conditioning.