Will OSEG Want Lansdowne 3.0? WHOPPER WATCH


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“We need to finish the work we started.”

Mark Goudie, president of Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group


The original Lansdowne project was just the Lansdowne project. There was no Lansdowne 1.0 and most certainly no Lansdowne 2.0.

Lansdowne was supposed to be a one-off, as in finished, that was it.

The original Lansdowne was supposed to be a complete project. Now years later, Lansdowne became Lansdowne 1.0 as if it were the first phase of Lansdowne and Lansdowne 2.0 was to follow naturally from Lansdowne 1.0.

Sorry but there was no talk of Lansdowne 1.0 or 2.0 at the inception of this mess and no talk that Lansdowne wasn’t completed.

Words matter and what Goudie is trying to do is make it look as though this second phase of Lansdowne was an expected outgrowth of the original project.

Lansdowne 2.0 is new and unexpected at Lansdowne’s inception.

It is unfortunate that Goudie is trying to make Lansdowne two parts. When the Lansdowne was completed, that was supposed to be it … finished. Lansdowne 2.0 was not discussed and, frankly, not very welcome.

Peek-A-Boo. Here’s Lansdowne 2.0

So when does Goudie start spouting about Lansdowne 3.0? Will two-thirds of a billion taxpayer dollars not be enough for OSEG?

Will these characters want even more?

If OSEG wants Lansdowne 2.0 or 3.0 or 10.0 and needs the money for it, Canada’s huge international banks would be happy to lend this kind of money to OSEG’s well-heeled partners.

The city is pleading poverty on its badly botched light rail yet finds two-thirds of a billion dollars for Lansdowne.

What’s more important? Good transit or a new football stadium?

The answer is obvious. So why are we driving Ottawa into debt subsidizing a shopping centre and a frill?

Stop this Lansdowne madness and start dealing with the serious transit and fiscal mess this city is getting itself into.

Ken Gray




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1 Response

  1. John says:

    Looking at the spreadsheet (Document 11) of financials provided on the City website, it is projecting a financial picture until 2066, That’s 43 years from now. Is this now a 50 year “partnership?” Lansdowne 2.0 is being proposed a few years into the original 30 year deal – so will we see a 3.0 proposal around the time construction is finished for 2.0?

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