These are the 3 questions I sent to all provincial candidates for Ottawa-Vanier
1- After more than a generation of work on the issue of the interprovincial trucks going through our city’s downtown streets, we have successfully completed a feasibility study to build a truck tunnel that would connect the 417 at the Vanier Parkway Interchange to the MacDonald Cartier Bridge. If elected, will your government commit to fund the next phase of the review, which is an environmental assessment? In addition, will you pursue clarity as to the responsibility of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario to connect 400 connection highways to interprovincial crossings?
2- The ByWard Market is the oldest continuous farmer’s market in Ontario. It also happens to be the second most visited area by tourists when they come to our capital city, after Parliament Hill. The City has approved the ByWard Market revitalization plans, which includes a key strategy to invest in the public realm. The success of the $1 million investment in the George Street Plaza is a prime example of the need but also of the value of those investments in the ByWard Market. The City is currently engaged in a consultation on the public realm with the goal of having an approved investment strategy by the end of 2018. If elected, will you pursue funding to cover 1/3 of the cost for these important public space investments in our community and for our city?
3- Last but not least is housing and homelessness. As the Chair of the board of Ottawa Community Housing (OCH), I am looking for a provincial government that is able to help our most vulnerable residents by ensuring that they have a good place to live and the supports that are needed. Investments in affordable housing through the Portfolio Management Framework is essential to unlock the potential of our city’s largest landlord.
Fadi Nemr Conservative Candidate for Ottawa-Vanier
Dear Mr Fleury
Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding your concerns and thoughts regarding the area you serve.
As it is just 36 hours away from the polls opening I feel I cannot do your serious questions justice.
However, should I be fortunate enough to be elected to represent the constituents of Vanier come the end of day on June 7th it will be my pleasure to work with you and find common ground to move these important issues forward.
Thank you for letter and for your service to our community.
Lyra Evans NDP Candidate for Ottawa-Vanier
1- Yes, we are very interested in working on the three issues you have listed. Theinterprovincial truck route must be moved out of the downtown core. It has created a hazard for pedestrians and cyclists in the area.
2- The Byward Market is essential to our city and culture. We are very interested in developing and enhancing the Byward market, and working with the City of Ottawa to make the market and even more exciting and vibrant part of our city.
3- We are very focused on housing issues, it is one of our priorities for Ottawa-Vanier. We have been working on positive alternatives to the proposed Salvation Army shelter on Montreal Road and look forward to continuing this work on housing issues after the election. We support the Housing First model and see housing as a key part of eliminating poverty and social and economic inclusion for everyone.
Nathalie Des Rosiers Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Ottawa-Vanier
1- Great question – and I am so pleased to be able to share that I secured funding for this environmental assessment in my first 18 months at Queen’s Park. Truck traffic continues to be an issue for families in this riding. It makes no sense to have big commercial trucks driving through our downtown core. This has a negative impact on the quality of life of Lowertown residents. It creates a heavy flow of traffic for commuters getting to and from their workplace. It is also downright dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. That’s why I made this a priority and am proud to have delivered on it.
It is unclear whether a government led by the NDP or Doug Ford’s Conservatives would follow through with this commitment.
I am also committed to pursuing clarity as to the responsibility of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario when it comes to the connection of 400 connection highways to interprovincial crossings.
2- Absolutely.That is why, as part of my local platform, I committed to pursuing funding to cover ⅓ of the cost of further revitalizing the public spaces in the ByWard Market. Since the completion of the George Street Plaza revitalization, I have personally spoken to a number of small business owners who have told me about the economic benefits they have experienced as a result of these important investments in public spaces.Over the past year and a half, we have built a strong, cohesive relationship between elected officials at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels of government. If re-elected, I’ll continue to work closely with you to continue building our community up.
3- Ever since the Salvation Army outlined its plan to build a new 350-bed facility at 333 Montreal Road, I have expressed my deep concerns regarding the project. I believe it is the wrong project in the wrong place with the wrong process. I have made that clear. I am a firm believer in Housing First. That is why, if re-elected, I will have every single dollar earmarked for affordable housing to projects that are true to the Housing First service model. I also believe if re-elected, I will also push hard for a review of the funding streams to the City of Ottawa and local agencies from the provincial Housing, Municipal Affairs, Health, and Social Services departments.