By: Brier Dodge
It’s the year to look for light rail funding from the feds and a whole host of events — including an outdoor hockey game — said east end politicians as they welcomed the new year.
Politicians from the east end rang in the new year with a levee held on Jan. 4 at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
Orléans MP Andrew Leslie took more than a couple of hints that city politicians are looking to see an early 2017 federal announcement for funding for LRT Phase 2 to Trim Road.
“The spotlight is on Andrew, who is going to deliver to make sure we have LRT all the way here,” said Mayor Jim Watson, who added it would have been a much better commute in the cold weather to have hopped on LRT from city hall to Place d’Orléans instead of driving to Shenkman.
“I was dreaming of taking the train, I would have been here in 20 minutes.”
Leslie said he has heard the hints loud and clear.
Councillors Tim Tierney, Bob Monette and Jody Mitic — Coun. Stephen Blais was ill — spoke about some of the big events they are excited to see for Canada’s 150th birthday to the crowd of community members who attended.
There’s a “good chance” we’ll see an outdoor hockey game, said Monette, adding onto the list Watson gave which included the Juno Awards, Grey Cup, and the upcoming figure skating national championship which begins Jan. 16 at TD Place.
Beacon-Hill Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney reflected on the death of MP Mauril Bélanger this year, and thanked Leslie and Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde for helping represent the constituents as they have been left without a member of parliament in the Vanier riding.
Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde reflected on the provincial government's efforts in 2016 in her address, including funding announcements for the health hub in Orléans and LRT Phase 2 to Trim Road.
“We’re going to be celebrating hard in 2017,” Lalonde said.