The Farm (Canada)

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The Farm
La Ferme (French)
The Farm.JPG
The Farm in autumn 2007
General information
Town or city Chelsea, Quebec
Country Canada
Current tenants Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons
Owner Government of Canada
Landlord National Capital Commission

The Farm (French: La Ferme) is the official residence of the Speaker of the House of Commons in the Parliament of Canada. It is located in Gatineau Park in the community of Kingsmere, part of Chelsea, Quebec, Canada, near the capital Ottawa.

The residence is so named because of its history as an old farmstead dating back to the mid 19th century and built by settler Henry Fleury in 1850.[1]

Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King privately purchased the farmstead as part of his country estate at Kingsmere Lake in 1927.

When Prime Minister King died, he left the residence and grounds to the government and people of Canada so that future Canadian officials could make use of the area.[1] The Farm has been an official residence since 1955, and is now operated by the National Capital Commission.[2]

The Speaker of the Senate of Canada does not have an official residence.

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Notes:

  1. ^ a b "The Farm | National Capital Commission". Ncc-ccn.gc.ca. 1950-07-22. Retrieved 2016-10-05. 
  2. ^ "The Speaker of the House of Commons". Parl.gc.ca. 2015-12-03. Retrieved 2016-10-05. 

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Coordinates: 45°29′00″N 75°50′52″W / 45.48333°N 75.84778°W / 45.48333; -75.84778