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Strathmore: the extravagance of Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs

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Uploaded on Apr 16, 2011

With the recent sale of Canada's lavish ambassador's residence in Ireland this 2003 CBC documentary is now topical again. Valued then at up to $35 million, Strathmore sits next door to millionaire rock star Bono's luxury home -- but it's much larger.

For years public servants repeatedly recommended that the property be sold, since it was so expensive to run and far beyond the requirements for an official residence. But the minister nixed this plan -- in a one-line email. Joanna Gualtieri explains how the system works to perpetuate lavish waste and extravagance.

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