Across the street from Rideau Hall is 24 Sussex Drive, the home of the Prime Minister (at present, otherwise known as the Dark Lord, Darth Harper). Unlike the White House, which can be photographed easily, the manor is hidden away behind trees and hedges, offering mere glimpses. Its gatehouse is the only building one really gets a look at from the street. The Dark Lord wasn't at home- if he had been, I wonder if my passing by might have given him reason to pause and remark, "I feel a great disturbance in the Force."
On a side note, a few days back looking at stats for my writer's blog, I came across a strange search term for someone finding my blog. A former key adviser to the Dark Lord- a sleazeball lawyer who's been in trouble repeatedly through his career by the name of Bruce Carson- is currently standing trial on influence peddling. The search term someone used to find my blog? Bruce Carson Porno. Yuck!
Back across the street, this home is known by its address too: 7 Rideau Gate, an official residence owned by the Canadian government, and used for visiting dignitaries.
It stands next to the South African High Commission, which I showed you some days ago. The traffic circle that stands between Rideau Hall, these two homes, and 24 Sussex is one of a handful in the city.