Not run Mcneely says he will for re-election
Formal announcement expected shortly
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."