Not enough in­vest­ment in east-end projects

Re: A num­bers game, July 21

Orleans Star - - EDITORIAL & OPINION -

Dear ed­i­tor, As a 30-year res­i­dent of Or­léans, I fully agree with McNeely’s po­si­tion on the lack of eq­uity for eas­t­end res­i­dents in terms of in­fra­struc­ture spending.

Our elected of­fi­cials have been in­ef­fec­tive at rep­re­sent­ing the in­ter­est of their con­stituents on mat­ters that af­fect all of us on a daily ba­sis. While other elected of­fi­cials such as John Baird, Pierre Pol­lièvre and Jim Wat­son were suc­cess­ful in ob­tain­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions in in­fra­struc­ture projects, Gali­peau, Monette, Jel­lett and Bloess were em­bar­rass­ingly un­suc­cess­ful in ob­tain­ing any sig­nif­i­cant projects for their con­stituents and they are now try­ing to de­flect any crit­i­cism for their in­ef­fec­tive­ness. And by the way, the Hunt Club ex­ten­sion is not an east-end project, it is in­tended to per­mit eas­ier ac­cess to the 417 for south-end res­i­dents.

Ad­di­tion­ally, al­though I agree with Mr. McNeely on this is­sue, he should also ex­am­ine his own record as our pro­vin­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive; re­spon­si­bil­ity for main­tain­ing, ex­pand­ing and mod­ern­iz­ing Hwy. 174 should clearly be a pro­vin­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, not the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the City of Ottawa. The lack of an in­ter­change at Trim Road is baf­fling. How would Kanata res­i­dents re­act to a traf­fic light at the in­ter­sec­tion of the Queensway and Terry Fox Drive?

— Michel Boulay

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