The Court of appeal confirmed that the federal government may not be the purchaser of the building, Louis St. Laurent, located at 555 boulevard de la Carrière, Gatineau.
The building, which has long housed members of the military and civil servants of the national Defence, is the property Management 555 Carrière inc.
The federal government had leased this building to make it work for nearly 2 000 civil servants, until only a blaze causing extensive damage to its structure, the 21 April 2016.
This desire of the federal to acquire the building, however, was this, well before the disaster.
Since 2014, the government was attempting to rely before the courts, an option to purchase is contracted with the previous owner (Bourque, Pierre & Fils ltée), during the signing of its lease with a term of 25 years, in 1991.
According to the original agreement, the federal government could be the purchaser of the 555, from the Quarry to $ 15 million.
However, Management 555 Carrière inc. the acquisition of this building in 2010. The relationship between the tenant and the new owner quickly festered.
According to court documents, the owners ‘ allege, inter alia, that the purchase option is a personal right extinguished by the making of payment (during the acquisition of 2010) “.
The decision of the justice Marie-Josée Bédard, of the superior Court, was issued on February 12, 2018. It indicates that 555 Carrière inc. is not bound by this purchase option provided for in the lease between Crown and the owner of the time, Bourque, Pierre & Fils ltée.
The federal government has challenged this judgment.
Three judges of the Court of appeal finally upheld the decision of the judge Bédard, on the 14th December last.
“This building has been occupied by nearly 2,000 officials – military and civilian – related to the ministry of national Defence and the canadian armed Forces, until a fire from occurring on the 21st April 2016 and will cause significant damage to the building “, it was reminded in the decision of the Court of appeal.
This fire has also created another litigation between the two parties, for the work of repair of the building in the wake of this major disaster.