PM's Plans for Former Embassy

Published: Wednesday, 10/03/2007 12:00 am EDT

Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to convert the old U.S. Embassy building on Wellington Street into a reception centre for visiting dignitaries and a place to conduct bilateral meetings, the Ottawa Citizen reported last week. A March 2007 report by Public Works on the space contained a detailed analysis of the space, calling for a ceremonial entrance, a large meeting area for 26 people, exhibition areas and a private room for use by the prime minister. Public Works spokeswoman Lucie Brosseau said "no decision has been made" on the building's future. The former chancery was closed in 1999 when the new U.S. embassy opened on Sussex Drive, and until recently was the proposed cite for the national portrait gallery.

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