Wednesday, August 29, 2012

the sale of Canadian embassies.

During the 1980's and 1990's, the Canadian government sold hundreds of Canadian embassies, through Privy Council Orders-in-Council:
  1. April 27, 1990 - Surplus Crown Assets Act - Sale to the Republic of Korea of the former Canadian Chancery, a 5-storey building at 2450 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C.
  2. January 21. 1988 - Surplus Crown Assets Act - sale by public auction of the consul general staff quarters at 104 Elizabeth Bay Road, Sydney, Australia.
  3. January 21, 1988 - Sale of the Embassy Staff quarters in Lima, Peru, 170 Calle 15, District of Carpac, Lima, Peru.
  4. March 31, 1988 - Surplus Crown Assets Act - Sale of a residential property (B-3387) in the Hague, Netherlands, formerly used as staff quarters by the Canadian Embassy.
  5. March 4, 1988 - Surplus Crown Assets Act - Sale of a surplus property, the Official Residence of the Canadian Ambassador to Indonesia at Jalan Imam Bonjol 5, Jakarta, Indonesia.
  6. April 20, 1988 - Surplus Crown Assets Act - Sale of a surplus residential property (B-2243) in Bonn, West Germany, formerly used by Canadian Embassy as Staff quarters.
  7. 1995 - 10083 - Brasilia, Brazil.
  8. 1995 - Bordeaux, France.
  9. 1995 - 10085 - Buenos Aires, Argentia.
  10. 1995 - 9546 - Munich, Germany.
  11. 1996 - 10085 - Santiago, Chile.
  12. 1997 - St. Michael, Barbados.
  13. 2000 - Disposal - Bonn, Germany.
  14. 2000 - Hong Kong
  15. January 13, 2003 - 36285 - Vienna, Austria. (The Order-in-Council books can be found at Library and Archives Canada).
In the year 2007, Strathmore House in Dublin, Ireland, Macdonald House in London, England and 15 other diplomatic properties London were declared "surplus" ---Macdonald House is located on Grosvenor Square, and someone (not the people of Canada) received $600 million dollars for the property.

Strathmore House in Dublin, Ireland - sold.

Macdonald House in London, England - sold.
I would not be surprised, if Canada House in Trafalgar Square in London, England is put on the real estate market. Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Gordon Campbell was a real estate executive long before he became a politician. After selling Canadian Pacific Railway land from 1976 until 1981, he founded the Citycore Development Corporation in Vancouver (1981-1986). From 1986 until 1993, Mayor of Vancouver Gordon Campbell changed zoning regulations in the City, to permit the construction of high-rise condo developments. Premier of British Columbia Gordon Campbell gave away forest land around the Jordan River, and sold a profitable Crown corporation, BC Rail, to CN Rail.
And between 2003 and 2005, Premier Gordon Campbell told the Provincial Capital Commission to prepare a list of "surplus" Crown properties that could be sold. (From: The Goldstream News Gazette-Public land on the chopping block?") Coincidentally, a former prime minister of Italy prepared an 800 page list of beaches, landmarks, islands and historic sites that could be privatized. (From: The Colosseum is not (yet) for sale- The Economist, 2002).
 During the late 1980's, the Canadian government discovered that hundreds of movable objects were missing from the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa - paperweights, etc. The feds immediately conducted an inventory of all movable treasures in the Parliament Buildings, and hired custodians to guard them.

Two photographs of Canada House in Trafalgar Square, London England.
An Order-in-Council legalized the sale of Canadian Embassy books to the University of London, England Library:
     Order-in-Council - March 10, 1994 -  Financial Administration Act -Agreement with the University of London Library - transfer to the University Library the title and possession of the Canada House Library Collection at the Canadian High Commission in London, England.

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