Hansard Excerpts

The NCC and the House of Commons

Traditionally, Ottawa-area residents haven't had much luck appealing to their local Federal MPs when it comes to the NCC (see here for some idea why). In fact, it's generally opposition MPs who have stood up to voice objections to the NCC's plans, even calling for its abolition. Here are a few excerpts from the Hansard over the years.

Hansard, Sept 24, 1998

Mr. Inky Mark (Dauphin-Swan River, Ref.): Mr. Speaker, a secretive organization of the government is making decisions behind closed doors without public scrutiny. The unelected National Capital Commission proposes to spend some $5 billion on a questionable project affecting the city's tax base. Now we have learned that unelected NCC chairman Marcel Beaudry pressured elected Ottawa city councillor Elisabeth Arnold. Mr. Beaudry asked Councillor Arnold to withhold two recommendations from a city draft report. The recommendations strongly object to the destruction of the heritage buildings and the shrinkage of downtown development the NCC's Metcalfe Street proposal would cause. We have advice for the National Capital Commission. Be transparent and be accountable.

Hansard, June 6, 1998

Mr. Jim Abbott (Kootenay-Columbia, Ref.): Mr. Speaker the National Capital Commission is an unelected, unaccountable body which administers properties and events in the nation's capital. It has just announced a humdinger of a 50-year plan for Canada's capital. The idea came from none other than the Prime Minister himself. The 50-year plan would involve demolishing at least two churches, five heritage buildings and Ottawa's main public library. Great vision. Some legacy. That amount of demolition is like clear-cutting buildings. Speaking of vision, the same people at the NCC who intend to implement this plan have had to sell greenbelt area around Ottawa to raise cash to pay for their daily operations. Instead of such a controversial and big budget vision for our nation's capital we need democracy in the National Capital Commission. I call on the heritage minister to dismantle the current unelected, unaccountable NCC board and replace it with elected representatives, a commission accountable to the people who have to live with their decisions. The beleaguered Canadian taxpayers always has to foot the bill.

Hansard, June 6 1998

Mr. Eugène Bellemare (Carleton-Gloucester, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the chairman of the National Capital Commission unveiled his vision of a elegant capital for the new millennium. His vision for Canada's capital region is a challenge to us for the new millennium. Marcel Beaudry's vision would see the opening of the waterways on both sides of the Ottawa River for all Canadians to enjoy. A half century after visionary planner Jacques Gréber produced a master plan for Canada's capital, we now would see a new vista open up on to Parliament Hill. A world class boulevard would be developed in the core of the capital, creating a spectacular view of the Peace Tower. I applaud this vision proposed to us by the NCC for a National Capital Region we can be even more proud of.

Hansard, April 22 1996

Ms. Marlene Catterall (Ottawa West, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure to present a petition signed by close to 1,000 people. It arises from a situation that occurred in our nation's capital last year when the National Capital Commission was looking at selling off parts of green space and open corridors in the nation's capital. The petitioners call to the attention of the House that when Jacques Gréber released his plan for the national capital in 1950 it was dedicated, at the direction of the cabinet, as a national war memorial to those who had fought in the wars in defence of Canada. Therefore, the petitioners call on Parliament to ensure that this commitment and the dedication of the green spaces of the nation's capital are maintained as a national war memorial and are not disposed of or sold.