Why Were A Whole Bunch Of Moving Trucks Outside The Prime Minister’s Office?

Trucks could be seen dropping off boxes Friday morning — but Privy Council Office is claiming responsibility, saying “it was all routine work.”

1. Moving trucks kept coming and going — dropping off flat boxes and picking up full ones — outside the prime minister’s office Friday morning.

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Trucks from Boyd’s Moving & Storage and Grand & Toy could be seen parked at Langevin Block, which houses Stephen Harper’s office.

With the election only three days away, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are leading in the polls, meaning the Conservatives’ nearly ten-year governance could be coming to an end.

2. Grand & Toy has an active contract with the government for shredders. The contract includes top secret document shredders that exceed “RCMP destruction standards.”

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Then again, Grand & Toy also has a contract with the government for office supplies, so it could just be a whole bunch of staplers.

3. The truck appeared to be dropping off both flat boxes and full ones.

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Emma Loop / BuzzFeed Canada

 

UPDATE

Privy Council Office, the non-partisan branch of government that supports the PMO, is claiming responsibility for the trucks. Its offices are located mostly in the building behind Langevin Block.

“Movement of materiel in and out of the Langevin and Blackburn buildings is part of routine traffic in government buildings,” spokesperson Raymond Rivet wrote in an email. “This activity by PCO has nothing to do with the upcoming election.”

Rivet said “it was all routine work.” He said there’s been activity around the building because Public Works and Government Services Canada is replacing a generator.

“Other shipments received included standard office supplies such as paper, file boxes, plastic floor mats (to protect carpets from chair castors). We did have one moving truck (Simplex) moving office furniture to another PCO building,” Rivet wrote.

“One photo showed some boxes being moved out - these were leftover books from the GCWCC book sale that were being donated.”

5. A couple trucks from Boyd’s came and went, but one could be seen dropping off dozens of flat boxes.

6. At one point in the morning, a man in a black pickup truck also stopped by to apparently pick things up.

7. Meanwhile, Twitter users have pointed out instances lately of Shred-it trucks parked around government offices.

@DonMartinCTV @LoopEmma lots of shredding going on these days, this was outside the department of finance #elxn42

— Steve Reynolds (@sterey12)

Why did Chris Alexander -who's office is under scrutiny for nefarious PMO activities- have a Shred-it Truck? #cdnpoli

— Su (@Urban_Su)

Chris Alexander is Canada’s immigration minister and a Toronto-area MP.

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