Commenter Brocklebank takes a completely different view of the Civic hospital debate.
An interesting and unique position.
Nevertheless the federal government had its real estate organization, the National Capital Commission, draw up a recommendation regarding land to be offered (under conditions not disclosed) to the hospital. The NCC made a recommendation. Before the minister responsible could receive the recommendation, the hospital folk rejected the choice. Here is it worth updating the old phrase that you should not look a gift horse in the mouth. In this case the phrase should be that you should not spit in the face of a prospective gift horse donor.
So the hospital thinks that it knows what the federal government should do with its real estate. Maybe the federal government should now just be silent and let the hospital go hat in hand and see if anyone else is willing to provide land.
After all, once the feds give land for the Civic in Ottawa, there is no reason that the federal government should not be expected to do the same for every town and hamlet in Canada.
If there was any incompetence in this whole affair, it was that the federal authorities failed to challenge the call by the hospital leadership for a vast spread of land on which to build a sprawling “wellness centre” rather than an urban hospital.
Incidentally is there anyone out there with $2 billion burning a hole in their pocket who is about to slap down the cash for this project?
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