This is an edited release from the Government of Canada. I have left comments at the bottom:
The Government of Canada is proud to play a role in this important initiative that will improve health care services to communities in the National Capital Region and augment world-class research.
Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, along with Katherine Cotton, Chair of the Board of Governors for The Ottawa Hospital, signed a 99-year ground lease to The Ottawa Hospital. The Hospital will use approximately 20 hectares of federal land, located along Carling Avenue and Prince of Wales Drive, to build the Hospital’s new Civic Campus.
This property transaction was made possible with the support and cooperation of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the National Capital Commission. Their collaborative efforts facilitated the role Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) played in assembling each department’s piece of land for this lease agreement.
Other facts on the hospital site:
- The 99-year ground lease to The Ottawa Hospital was signed at a nominal value of $1 per year.
- PSPC, which manages the disposition of many federal properties, worked closely with all key stakeholders, including Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the National Capital Commission, Parks Canada, Canadian Heritage, the City of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital, during the planning and finalization of the transfer.
- PSPC and The Ottawa Hospital have cooperated to address the environmental contamination in a manner that minimizes overall costs to taxpayers. While the Hospital will be responsible for the required remediation work at the site, PSPC will reimburse incremental costs the Hospital incurs that would otherwise not be incurred as part of the project up to $11.8 million.
- The ground lease with the Hospital includes important requirements, such as maintaining 207 parking spaces for the Dow’s Lake Pavilion and surrounding area and obtaining necessary approvals from the National Capital Commission.
Your agent is just appalled that something as important as hospital land is turned into an advertisement for a coterie of politicians in town and out.
I trimmed out some of more egregious examples of self-promoting pandering by politicians but you will notice that it takes a whole mouthful of words to get to what is actually happening. This reads not as money for a hospital but as an advertisement for politicians. This is not how taxpayers want their money spent.
You have to get almost to the bottom to discover the lease details.
It is not the role of politicians to self-promote themselves while providing money for such a critical service as a hospital.
This release makes it look as though this is a gift from the largess of the Government of Canada. No it isn’t. It’s our tax money and taxpayers would appreciate it, no doubt, if politicians would stop using our tax money to promote themselves.
If you want to advertise, buy an ad with your own money … not mine. And stop looking like great benefactors … it’s not your money. It’s ours.
Come to think of it, it’s our hospital, too.
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