Fleurygate: Riley Brockington Rides Again


Here’s what Glenn van Gulik, the area public relations director of the Salvation Army says of his organization’s dealings with Councillor Mathieu Fleury and the City of Ottawa:

“In fact, as we look back at all of the meetings over the past two-and-a-half years, not only have we never been requested to engage community groups in discussion or consultation, but there was insistence by yourself and the city staff to keep this proposal for 333 Montreal Road private until the announcement on June 22nd, 2017.”

So Fleury and city staff asked the Salvation Army to keep the homeless shelter proposal quiet until it was a done deal, according to the Salvation Army.


And while Fleury has been calling recently for more time so there can be more public consultations, Fleury and the city had been asking the Army not to engage community groups.

Sound familiar?

Wasn’t that the MO at Moody’s Bay for the playground? The playground was a done deal when the community found out about it. River Councillor Riley Brockington then held a consultation where staff members fielded questions from the public. But the meeting didn’t matter … the playground was going in, consultation or not.

Fleury asks the public to believe him that more consultations are needed. But the scenario the Salvation Army describes is very similar to the city’s way of dealing with the Mooney’s Bay playground. Don’t let opponents of a controversial enterprise get a chance to stop it.

So now Fleury is in big trouble. He knew about the homeless project but didn’t tell the public. In fact according to the Salvation Army, Fleury asked that the decision remain private until the announcement date. Now he says he wants consultations but privately counselled the Army against going public with the project until it was done.

Shades of Mooney’s Bay.

Fleury has his constituents mad at him for allowing the homeless shelter in Vanier. As well he has been caught in a lie. And Mayor Jim Watson has turned against him because His Worship wants the shelter in Vanier.

Fleury has a lot of explaining to do before the 2018 municipal election.


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4 thoughts on “Fleurygate: Riley Brockington Rides Again

  1. Fleury: Can always fall back on his previous employment which trained him so well for the councilors job or did it?

    Lifeguard to people’s representative at a large corporation. And his experience is similar to others who had no actual community involvement before their election.

    Just shows it is not what you know but who you know to get elected.

  2. The second paragraph in the above article says a lot.

    I guess that the Salvation Army kept minutes of the meetings and I guess Mr. Fleury did not think that they had any records.

    There have been too many incidents of people bending the truth wherein they forgot that there was proof out there to show that the spin was a falsehood. Little white lies are sometimes socially acceptable. If a friend asks me how I like the colour of his new car, I don’t tell him that I think it is ugly even if I think it is ugly.

    ” I did not have __________ relations with that person” neglected the key element of a dress.

    I guess Mr. Fleury’s comments neglected the key element of meeting minutes.

  3. Even if this is true, there was nothing to stop the Salvation Army from holding its own public consultation.

    Are they so inept as to belief that this wouldn’t be controversial or are they like other developers who would rather work the backrooms in city hall than talk with communities? Either way, the city could not stop the Salvation Army from holding its own meetings. Lots of developers do them before submitting their applications.

    Unfortunately lots still don’t in this city. In the case of the Mooney’s Bay playground, at least the applicant could more readily plead ignorance; they were from out of town and they were building a playground. The Salvation Army had to know that large-scale development in Ottawa is almost always controversial (did they cancel their Citizen subscription and turn off the TV during the Lansdowne debates?) and that putting a large scale mission/residence in the middle of any community would not go over well with the residents. Or did they just dismiss Vanier as so downtrodden its residents would welcome the Salvation Army as a critical neighbourhood service.

    1. Andrew, my reading of this is that the Salvation Army was acting on instructions from City Hall. They chose to accept the advice of staff and elected officials regarding the best way to get this application through the labyrinth that is Laurier Avenue. The lesson that they, and other would be applicants should learn, is that acting on the advice of staff and elected officials is a high risk proposition.


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