Former NCC Minister says development another reason to maintain four lanes on Sir John A Macdonald Parkway
OTTAWA, ON – Today, the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for Carleton and Official Opposition Critic for the National Capital Commission (NCC), released the following statement:
“First, I congratulate the RendezVous LeBreton Group for a successful submission and applaud the Devcore Canderel DLS Group for contributing to the competition. LeBreton Flats has remarkable potential to be a beautiful destination containing several attractions and features of both national and local importance.
“Developing LeBreton Flats has been an inspiring effort launched by the Honourable John Baird, the former NCC Minister. Clearly, this process brought out a number of interesting and engaging visions.
“Second, yesterday’s LeBreton Flats decision demonstrates the need now more than ever to maintain the adjacent Sir John A Macdonald Parkway at its current four lanes. Estimates say that 16 million people will visit the developed LeBreton Flats each year. That’s 18 times Ottawa’s population and almost 50 percent of Canada’s population visiting one part of Ottawa, and these visitors are going to need infrastructure like roads to get there.
“The National Capital Commission is considering a proposal that would reduce the Parkway to just two lanes. Considering yesterday’s announcement, that would be very unwise,” Poilievre concluded.
Read more about the LeBreton Flats redevelopment process here.