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Stornoway (residence)

Stornoway is the name of the official residence of the leader of the Official Opposition in Canada, and has been used as such since 1950. It is provided in recognition of the opposition leader's position. Located at 541 Acacia Avenue in the Rockcliffe Park area of Ottawa, Ontario. Stornoway has assessed value $4,225,000 (2008) (based on this value, which is only an approximation of the market value, the municipal property taxes are calculated) and is maintained with $70,000 a year in government funds. The property has been owned and managed by the National Capital Commission since April 1986. The lot size, with a frontage of 228 feet (69 m) and depth of 225 feet (69 m), is slightly irregular.

Stornoway
Exterior facade of Stornoway from the east
General information
Architectural styleColonial Revival
Address541 Acacia Avenue, K1M 0M4
Town or cityRockcliffe Park
Ottawa
CountryCanada
Coordinates45°27′10″N75°40′43″W /45.45278°N 75.67861°W /45.45278; -75.67861Coordinates: 45°27′10″N75°40′43″W /45.45278°N 75.67861°W /45.45278; -75.67861
Current tenantsErin O'Toole, Leader of the Opposition
Construction started1913
Completed1914
OwnerThe Queen in Right of Canada
LandlordNational Capital Commission
Design and construction
ArchitectAlan Keefer
Other information
Number of rooms34

The property is 5.1 km (3.2 mi) from Ottawa's Parliament Buildings, whereas the prime minister's official residence is only 3.0 km (1.9 mi) away from Parliament. It is located in an area which contains many ambassadorial residences.

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The house was built by architect Allan Keefer in 1914 for Ottawa grocer Ascanio J. Major and was given the name "Stornoway" by the second occupants, Irvine Gale Perley-Robertson and Ethel Lesa Perley, after the ancestral home of the Perley family in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland.

During the Second World War, from summer 1941 to 1945, Mrs. Perley-Robertson offered Stornoway to (then) Princess Juliana of the Netherlands as a temporary home-in-exile for the Dutch Royal Family, including the future Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

Stornoway has served its present role as the Official Opposition leader's residence since 1950, when it was purchased by a group of concerned citizens and later transferred to the Government of Canada.

Although the Bloc Québécois were the official Opposition from 1993 to 1997, party leader Lucien Bouchard declined to move into the residence as a mark of protest against the federal government, choosing instead to live in nearby Gatineau, Quebec. His successor, Gilles Duceppe, also did not reside in Stornoway.

Following the 1997 election, when the Reform Party displaced the Bloc Québécois to become the largest opposition party, the new official Opposition leader, Preston Manning, declined to move in for a different reason: he protested that it was too extravagant and a waste of taxpayers' money, even joking that it should be used as a bingo hall to pay off the national debt. Manning asked that he be provided with a more 'modest' residence, but soon moved into Stornoway after his refusal to do so began to be portrayed in the media as a mark of disrespect for his position as the leader of the Opposition.

Renovations from 2002 to 2006 included an overhaul of the living room and kitchen, repair of the chimney, replacement of carpets, refinishing of hardwood floors, and painting, among other things.

Jack Layton, who had led the NDP to official Opposition status in the May 2, 2011 election, moved in a month later, but stated that he would continue to live in Toronto when Parliament was out of session. He died on August 22 of cancer; it was subsequently revealed that Layton and his wife Olivia Chow actually spent just one night in the house. His interim successor as NDP leader, Nycole Turmel, also did not formally move into the house, though she used Stornoway for entertaining purposes and slept over on occasion.

Of the leaders of the Opposition, John Reynolds, Bill Graham, and Rona Ambrose are the only interim party leaders to have resided at Stornoway; Ambrose was the most recent resident after being selected as interim leader of the Conservative Party after the defeat of Stephen Harper in the 2015 Canadian federal election. All other residents have been permanent party leaders (ratified at a leadership convention).[citation needed]. Andrew Scheer moved in after being elected as leader of the Conservative party in the 2017 leadership election, and Erin O'Toole moved in after being elected as leader of the Conservative party in the 2020 leadership election.

List of residents

Completed in 1914, the building had three occupants prior to its acquisition by the Government of Canada. Ascanio Joseph Major, a local grocer, was the original occupant of Stornoway, residing there from 1914 to 1923. In 1923, the Perley-Robertson family acquired the home. From 1941 to 1945, during the Second World War, the Dutch Royal Family leased the home from the Perley-Robertson family.

Andrew Scheer (right foreground) with his family in Stornoway's kitchen, in September 2019. He resided in Stornoway from 2017 to 2020 as the leader of the Official Opposition.

In 1950, the building was acquired by a private trust, and later transferred to the Government of Canada. Since 1950, Stornoway has been used as the official residence of the leader of the official opposition in the House of Commons of Canada. Official opposition leaders (including interim leaders) who resided in Stornoway include:

Stornoway is a 34-room mansion with eight bedrooms, five bathrooms, living room, sitting room (2nd floor), and dining room, and sits on extensive grounds.

Besides the residents in the home, Stornoway is served by a staff of three: a chef, chauffeur, and household administrator. Like 24 Sussex and Rideau Cottage the public is not allowed to visit Stornoway.

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Stornoway (residence)
Stornoway residence Language Watch Edit Stornoway is the name of the official residence of the leader of the Official Opposition in Canada and has been used as such since 1950 It is provided in recognition of the opposition leader s position Located at 541 Acacia Avenue in the Rockcliffe Park area of Ottawa Ontario 1 Stornoway has assessed value 4 225 000 2008 based on this value which is only an approximation of the market value the municipal property taxes are calculated and is maintained with 70 000 a year in government funds The property has been owned and managed by the National Capital Commission since April 1986 The lot size with a frontage of 228 feet 69 m and depth of 225 feet 69 m is slightly irregular StornowayExterior facade of Stornoway from the eastGeneral informationArchitectural styleColonial RevivalAddress541 Acacia Avenue K1M 0M4Town or cityRockcliffe Park OttawaCountryCanadaCoordinates45 27 10 N 75 40 43 W 45 45278 N 75 67861 W 45 45278 75 67861 Coordinates 45 27 10 N 75 40 43 W 45 45278 N 75 67861 W 45 45278 75 67861Current tenantsErin O Toole Leader of the OppositionConstruction started1913Completed1914OwnerThe Queen in Right of CanadaLandlordNational Capital CommissionDesign and constructionArchitectAlan KeeferOther informationNumber of rooms34 The property is 5 1 km 3 2 mi from Ottawa s Parliament Buildings whereas the prime minister s official residence is only 3 0 km 1 9 mi away from Parliament It is located in an area which contains many ambassadorial residences Contents 1 History 1 1 List of residents 2 Architecture 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksHistory EditThe house was built by architect Allan Keefer in 1914 for Ottawa grocer Ascanio J Major and was given the name Stornoway by the second occupants Irvine Gale Perley Robertson and Ethel Lesa Perley after the ancestral home of the Perley family in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland During the Second World War from summer 1941 to 1945 Mrs Perley Robertson offered Stornoway to then Princess Juliana of the Netherlands as a temporary home in exile for the Dutch Royal Family including the future Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands 2 Stornoway has served its present role as the Official Opposition leader s residence since 1950 when it was purchased by a group of concerned citizens and later transferred to the Government of Canada Although the Bloc Quebecois were the official Opposition from 1993 to 1997 party leader Lucien Bouchard declined to move into the residence as a mark of protest against the federal government choosing instead to live in nearby Gatineau Quebec 3 His successor Gilles Duceppe also did not reside in Stornoway Following the 1997 election when the Reform Party displaced the Bloc Quebecois to become the largest opposition party the new official Opposition leader Preston Manning declined to move in for a different reason he protested that it was too extravagant and a waste of taxpayers money even joking that it should be used as a bingo hall to pay off the national debt 4 Manning asked that he be provided with a more modest residence but soon moved into Stornoway after his refusal to do so began to be portrayed in the media as a mark of disrespect for his position as the leader of the Opposition 4 Renovations from 2002 to 2006 included an overhaul of the living room and kitchen repair of the chimney replacement of carpets refinishing of hardwood floors and painting among other things Jack Layton who had led the NDP to official Opposition status in the May 2 2011 election moved in a month later but stated that he would continue to live in Toronto when Parliament was out of session 5 6 He died on August 22 of cancer 7 it was subsequently revealed that Layton and his wife Olivia Chow actually spent just one night in the house 3 His interim successor as NDP leader Nycole Turmel also did not formally move into the house though she used Stornoway for entertaining purposes and slept over on occasion 8 9 Of the leaders of the Opposition John Reynolds Bill Graham and Rona Ambrose are the only interim party leaders to have resided at Stornoway Ambrose was the most recent resident after being selected as interim leader of the Conservative Party after the defeat of Stephen Harper in the 2015 Canadian federal election All other residents have been permanent party leaders ratified at a leadership convention citation needed Andrew Scheer moved in after being elected as leader of the Conservative party in the 2017 leadership election and Erin O Toole moved in after being elected as leader of the Conservative party in the 2020 leadership election List of residents Edit Completed in 1914 the building had three occupants prior to its acquisition by the Government of Canada Ascanio Joseph Major a local grocer was the original occupant of Stornoway residing there from 1914 to 1923 In 1923 the Perley Robertson family acquired the home From 1941 to 1945 during the Second World War the Dutch Royal Family leased the home from the Perley Robertson family Andrew Scheer right foreground with his family in Stornoway s kitchen in September 2019 He resided in Stornoway from 2017 to 2020 as the leader of the Official Opposition In 1950 the building was acquired by a private trust and later transferred to the Government of Canada Since 1950 Stornoway has been used as the official residence of the leader of the official opposition in the House of Commons of Canada Official opposition leaders including interim leaders who resided in Stornoway include George A Drew 1950 56 John Diefenbaker 1957 Vacant as Louis St Laurent declined to use the house due to his intending to step down as Liberal leader following his government s defeat 1957 58 Lester B Pearson 1958 63 John Diefenbaker 1963 67 Robert Stanfield 1968 76 Joe Clark 1976 1979 Pierre Trudeau 1979 80 Joe Clark 1980 83 Brian Mulroney 1983 84 John Turner 1984 90 Jean Chretien 1990 93 Vacant as the leaders of the Bloc Quebecois refused to use the house 1993 97 Preston Manning 1997 2000 Stockwell Day 2000 01 John Reynolds 2001 02 Stephen Harper 2002 06 Bill Graham 2006 Stephane Dion 2006 08 Michael Ignatieff 2008 11 Jack Layton 2011 used only once Nycole Turmel 2011 12 occasionally Thomas Mulcair 2012 15 Rona Ambrose 2015 17 Andrew Scheer 2017 20 Erin O Toole 2020 presentArchitecture EditStornoway is a 34 room mansion with eight bedrooms five bathrooms living room sitting room 2nd floor and dining room and sits on extensive grounds 10 Besides the residents in the home Stornoway is served by a staff of three a chef chauffeur and household administrator 10 Like 24 Sussex and Rideau Cottage the public is not allowed to visit Stornoway See also EditRideau Hall 24 Sussex DriveReferences Edit Stornoway 19 September 2020 Stornoway Archived from the original on 2013 05 31 Retrieved 2015 10 23 a b Layton spent one night at Stornoway iPolitics August 25 2011 a b Harrison Trevor W June 8 2015 Preston Manning The Canadian Encyclopedia Retrieved February 22 2016 Jack Layton skittish about moving into Stornoway CTV News 2011 06 15 Archived from the original on 2011 06 18 Jack Layton 1950 2011 Some pics Jack Layton and Olivia Chow when they got the keys to Stornoway Maclean s 2011 08 22 Archived from the original on 2012 10 19 Thompson Stuart A Busta Shannon 22 August 2011 From the archives A timeline of Jack Layton s political career The Globe and Mail Toronto Mulcair takes up residence at Stornoway CBC News April 18 2012 Raphael Mitchel January 10 2012 What s cooking at Stornoway Maclean s Retrieved January 14 2012 a b Reform Party becomes official opposition in 1997 CBC News June 19 1997 External links EditStornoway in the Directory of Federal Real Property Stornoway at the National Capital Commission site Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Stornoway residence amp oldid 1050403724, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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