Redford planned ‘Premier’s Suite’ penthouse in Federal Building: Report

Matt Dykstra, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:43 PM ET

EDMONTON — Recently resigned Alberta premier Alison Redford ordered a penthouse “Premier's Suite” be built into renovations at the $375-million Federal Building in downtown Edmonton, documents show.

The documents obtained by the CBC through freedom of information laws show that on Dec. 4, 2012, Kasian Architecture — hired to oversee the renovations — sent a notice detailing revisions for a full suite on the top floor that opposition MLAs are now calling a "sky palace".

The 11th-floor suite was required to have a formal dining area for between eight and 12 people, a private study with an entertainment space, and "sleeping and grooming quarters with clothing storage for an adult and one teenager." Redford has a young daughter.

An undated memo shows the revisions were reported to executive council deputy minister Peter Watson but that "infrastructure project staff members were not involved in these discussions".


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