Not run Mc­neely says he will for re-elec­tion

For­mal an­nounce­ment ex­pected shortly

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Cather­ine Kitts

Mc­Neely said he will be mak­ing a for­mal an­nounce­ment in a few weeks.

But, the MPP who won his third con­sec­u­tive term for the Ot­tawa-Or­léans rid­ing, last year, is not leav­ing qui­etly.

At the CCCA meet­ing he made it clear he is not pleased with the state of af­fairs in re­gard to the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion in Or­léans.

"With the move­ment of 4,700 RCMP jobs to Bar­rhaven, 10,000 DND jobs to Kanata, and an­other 10,000 jobs in the long-term to a re­de­vel­oped Tun­ney’s Pas­ture, the down­town and the east end are be­ing gut­ted," said Mc­Neely in a press re­lease he dis­trib­uted to all lev­els of government.

"This is se­ri­ous busi­ness for our com­mu­nity and I can’t un­der­stand why more peo­ple aren’t ex­cited about it."

Mc­Neely is call­ing for an Eco­nomic Im­pact Study by the City of Ot­tawa to eval­u­ate the im­pacts of this ma­jor move­ment of jobs to the west.

"This is not balanced devel­op­ment nor help­ful to pro­mot­ing a sus­tain­able city," Mc­Neely went on to say. "This sig­nif­i­cant shift of jobs to the west is care­less and must be stopped."

Mc­Neely does, how­ever, com­mend the city, and specif­i­cally Cum­ber­land Ward Coun­cil­lor Stephen Blais, for spear­head­ing the re­cent of­fer of mu­nic­i­pal tax breaks to com­pa­nies that move to Or­léans.

But, Mc­Neely says it’s not enough and that east end res­i­dents should be wor­ried about los­ing home value. "This is a har­bin­ger of the fu­ture when prop­erty val­ues will drop 5 to 10 per cent - a loss of value of $15,000 to $60,000 per home in Or­léans. The to­tal po­ten­tial home value loss will be from 1 bil­lion to 2 bil­lion dol­lars."

The Ot­tawa-Or­léans MPP says that even his own government has let him down on this par­tic­u­lar prob­lem fac­ing Or­léans res­i­dents. "I’m so up­set with government on this is­sue, in­clud­ing my own."

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