The Farm (Canada)

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The Farm
La Ferme (French)
The Farm.JPG
The Farm in autumn 2007
General information
Town or cityChelsea, Quebec
CountryCanada
Current tenantsAnthony Rota, Speaker of the House of Commons
OwnerGovernment of Canada
LandlordNational 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 in Gatineau Park in the community of Kingsmere, part of Chelsea, Quebec, Canada, near the country's capital, Ottawa.

History[edit]

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. In 1935, The Farm was renovated to include two new wings, adding heat, and indoor plumbing.[2] King died at the residence on July 22, 1950[3], he left the residence and grounds (231-hectare) to the government and people of Canada so that future Canadian officials & citizens could make use of the area.[1]

After Prime Minister King's death, following his wishes, most of the estate was absorbed into Gatineau Park. While he also stated his intentions for his successors to enjoy The Farm as he did, 24 Sussex Drive was already the official residence of the Prime Minister.

Current[edit]

The Farm is an 11-bedroom, 5000 square-foot that is up kept by the National Capital Commission. The property also sports a tennis court.[4]

References[edit]

Notes:

  1. ^ a b "The Farm | National Capital Commission". Ncc-ccn.gc.ca. 1950-07-22. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  2. ^ "The Farm". NCC-CCN. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  3. ^ "Parks Canada - Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada - The Grave Site of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Former Canadian Prime Minister". web.archive.org. 2014-11-02. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  4. ^ News; Canada (2011-06-02). "Why eight people are battling for Speaker of the House | National Post". Retrieved 2019-10-29.

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