MPs, SEN­A­TORS STAY PUT AS CEN­TRE BLOCK RENO DE­LAYED

National Post (Latest Edition) - - CANADA -

Par­lia­ment Hill’s iconic Cen­tre Block won’t be shut­ting down this sum­mer, de­lay­ing the start of a badly needed ren­o­va­tion un­til at least next year. Sen­a­tors and MPs de­cided Thursday that they won’t move out of their cur­rent home un­til the end of this cal­en­dar year to make sure they aren’t rushed into tem­po­rary abodes that may not be ready to host ei­ther par­lia­men­tary cham­ber by Septem­ber, as orig­i­nally planned. Fed­eral of­fi­cials over­see­ing a mas­sive ren­o­va­tion of the build­ings that make up the par­lia­men­tary precinct had planned to close the Cen­tre Block for a decade-long re­hab start­ing this sum­mer. But the Se­nate and House of Com­mons were told their tem­po­rary homes may not be ready in time, re­quir­ing a leap of faith with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of go­ing back to the Cen­tre Block if sys­tems weren’t ready.

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