OTTAWA, ON – Today the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for Carleton and critic for the National Capital Commission, responded to the NCC’s process for reconsidering possible Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus sites:
“This review is redoing work and delaying the next steps for the Civic Campus for at least another four months. The previous Conservative government accepted the decision of a hospital-appointed expert panel, which studied 12 locations and recommended the federal land across the street from the existing campus. This decision was accepted in November 2014.
“Upon assuming office in November 2015, the Liberals slammed on the brakes. They asked for additional justification – which the Ottawa Hospital provided in an 84-page report – but then punted the matter to the NCC.
“The process announced today continues to delay a desperately needed hospital. This review will include reconsidering 11 locations that the Ottawa Hospital already said are insufficient; it will consider other possible sites but they will not say which ones; and it will use broader but still undefined criteria.”