2019 Federal Election Primer for Crystal Beach Lakeview Residents

Voting for the federal election takes place on Monday, October 21. To help local residents make an informed choice, CBLCA asked all candidates in the Ottawa West-Nepean riding to respond to four questions. These questions reflect local concerns that are within federal jurisdiction. We also asked Bay Ward City Councillor Theresa Kavanagh for the issues she is focused on.

Note: we did not receive a response from candidates representing the Christian Heritage Party, Communist Party, Green Party, Marxist-Leninist Party, or People’s Party of Canada or from the independent candidate.

We asked the candidates to respond to the following questions:

  1. With the Department of National Defence’s Moodie headquarters fully staffed within the next year, what will you as MP do to help mitigate its impact on the Crystal Beach Lakeview community and to encourage good neighbourly relations? Skip to the responses to this question below
  2. What is your government’s plan to help residents of Ottawa West-Nepean adapt to the increased risk of flooding as a result of climate change? Skip to the responses to this question below
  3. Given Crystal Beach Lakeview’s location in Ottawa, the National Capital Commission can be seen as an additional layer of bureaucracy that is not responsive to local concerns. How will your government ensure the NCC listens to community voices? Skip to the responses to this question below
  4. What specific policies will your party, if elected, commit to bring forward on the question of affordable living for seniors and on the issue of affordable child care for families? Skip to the responses to this question below

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ISSUE 1: Living next door to DND’s Moodie Drive headquarters

BACKGROUND: 

By 2020, an estimated 9,300 employees will be working at the Department of National Defence (DND) headquarters on Moodie Drive. There will be, however, fewer than 5,000 parking spots onsite, raising the concern that the strain will be felt in our community. Crystal Beach-Lakeview is already seeing more through-traffic during the week. It is expected the DND’s presence will be felt even more acutely in the years ahead.

CANDIDATE QUESTION: 

With the Department of National Defence’s Moodie headquarters fully staffed within the next year, what will you as MP do to help mitigate its impact on the Crystal Beach Lakeview community and to encourage good neighbourly relations?

CANDIDATE RESPONSES:

ABDUL ABDI, CONSERVATIVE PARTY

The Moodie headquarters is beautifully designed and integrated into the area. The men and women who work there are essential to protecting our physical and cyber security, at home and abroad. They are part of the Ottawa community, and I am happy that they are located in such a welcoming part of our riding. A Conservative government will ensure that municipalities and provinces have what they need to continue improving local transportation.   

ANGELLA MacEWEN, NDP

In order for DND and the Crystal Beach-Lakeview community to have good neighbourly relations, there needs to be regular communication and consultation. As MP, I will work to provide that forum and ensure those relationships are developed.

One issue that I hear about repeatedly when I knock on doors is the lack of parking spots and reliable public transit options and how that will be addressed. We need to ensure that there are suitable public transit options for DND employees to reduce traffic congestion and demand for parking spots, and make sure that appropriate parking options are provided for employees who do drive. I think working to get on-site parking garages built as quickly as possible is the appropriate solution, rather than spreading parking out across the neighbourhood. Parking garages will also help to minimize the impact of parking on the environment around the HQ. 

ANITA VANDENBELD, LIBERAL PARTY

During the last four years, I have worked closely with the community regarding the expansion of the new DND campus. Initially there were concerns that the green spaces owned by DND would no longer be accessible and we got assurances that the fence would be around the built campus only and that recreational use would continue as it always has. There were also very real concerns about the lack of parking spaces, as well as concerns about transfers from the last LRT stop at Bayshore, meaning more buses would be turning around and idling behind the residences off Holly Acres. I worked closely with DND, Infrastructure Canada, the community, and the city to successfully extend the Phase 2 LRT to the other side of Moodie Drive instead of ending at Bayshore. This will mean that DND employees living in Orleans or other parts of the city can take the LRT all the way to the DND campus, therefore mitigating the number of cars.

I have also been working closely with the community association, the Ottawa Carleton Wildlife Centre, Public Works, the NCC and DND on the wetland restoration project, which this spring has seen 190 species return to the greenbelt area and helped absorb flood waters this spring. I also achieved a commitment from Public Works to conduct a feasibility study to create wildlife underpasses to ensure the wildlife that have returned are able to connect with the greenbelt corridor around the city of Ottawa.

ISSUE 2: Adapting to climate change

BACKGROUND: 

Climate change is triggering harsher weather events and environmental stresses. Significant flooding, for example, has become an issue of growing concern in the National Capital Region. The Crystal Beach-Lakeview area is not immune. While the City of Ottawa is developing a plan for climate adaptation, it will likely need help from other levels of government.

CANDIDATE QUESTION: 

What is your government’s plan to help residents of Ottawa West-Nepean adapt to the increased risk of flooding as a result of climate change?

CANDIDATE RESPONSES:

ABDUL ABDI, CONSERVATIVE PARTY

By reducing out-of-control budgetary deficits, it will be easier to provide funding to the provinces and municipalities for disaster relief and infrastructure improvements – a Conservative government will honour all previously planned commitments. 

For individual Canadians, we will provide a $3,800 yearly Green Tax Credit. This will allow for improvements to homes, mitigating the risk of flooding. We will also bring back the Public Transit Tax Credit (15% for each transit pass) to encourage public transportation. Through a nonpartisan Green Technology and Innovation Fund, we will help get environmental inventors and entrepreneurs the capital they need to succeed and improve our society. 

A Conservative government will limit and crack down on polluters and dumpers who damage our environment, without punishing commuters with taxes that disproportionately hurt the poorest Canadians. 

I have three children, and I have a personal stake in the future of our planet. I will always work to make our riding greener and more secure. 

ANGELLA MacEWEN, NDP

There’s no doubt that we need urgent action on climate change. Ottawa West-Nepean residents are already paying the costs of climate change, whether it’s protecting against flood damage, rebuilding after flood damage, or rebuilding after a tornado. The NDP will take immediate steps to combat climate change, including setting binding emissions targets in line with what the science says is required to prevent irreversible climate change.

We also need to provide support to those who have already been affected by climate change or who are at risk of being affected. An NDP government will add $2.5 billion to the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, bringing total funding to $4.5 billion. This fund supports infrastructure projects that helps communities to manage risks such as flooding. We will work with communities like the Crystal Beach-Lakeview community to identify the most appropriate strategy for the local community for flood mitigation and work to build the appropriate infrastructure.

ANITA VANDENBELD, LIBERAL PARTY

Ottawa West-Nepean has seen two record-breaking floods in the past three years. This is something that we cannot ignore. During the recent flood, we saw that the newly restored wetlands had a significant impact in containing much of the water that would’ve gone further down into community.

Our government also allocated $55 million in additional funding to the NCC for 2018-2020 specifically for critical infrastructure restoration. In Ottawa West-Nepean this funding is being used this fall to restore the bicycle path/berm from Andrew Haydon Park to Britannia, and next spring it will be used to raise the height of the berm.

We recently announced that a re-elected Liberal government will help home owners and workers impacted by flooding, by introducing low-cost national flood insurance and an EI Disaster assistance benefit. In addition, we are tackling climate change by committing Canada to reach a net goal zero of emissions by 2050, and by planting two billion trees. 

ISSUE 3: Ensuring NCC decisions reflect community concerns

BACKGROUND: 

The National Capital Commission (NCC) has a significant presence in Crystal Beach-Lakeview. It manages the multi-use pathway that many residents enjoy for recreation and cycling to and from work, while the Moodie Drive LRT station will be located on Greenbelt land. In the past, the NCC has struggled with stakeholder engagement. Local residents want to know their voices will be heard when land use decisions affecting them are being considered by NCC planners.

CANDIDATE QUESTION: 

Given Crystal Beach Lakeview’s location in Ottawa, the National Capital Commission can be seen as an additional layer of bureaucracy that is not responsive to local concerns. How will your government ensure the NCC listens to community voices?

CANDIDATE RESPONSES:

ABDUL ABDI, CONSERVATIVE PARTY

In my 24 years as a youth worker and police officer, I have worked effectively with community groups and all levels of government. I will work with my provincial and municipal counterparts to address your local concerns. If we want the NCC to be helpful and not a hindrance, we need to show up. As the MP for the riding, I will be the one listening to your voices, and I will bring different levels of government together to find constructive solutions. 

ANGELLA MacEWEN, NDP

New Democrats believe that the National Capital Commission must be reformed to make it more transparent, accountable, and representative. We believe that begins with naming a cabinet minister from the National Capital Region as the minister responsible for the NCC, rather than a minister with no connection to the region.

We also believe that the NCC must be given a clear mandate to act as a true steward of public lands, representing the best interests of the communities in the capital region, rather than working with developers behind closed doors.

ANITA VANDENBELD, LIBERAL PARTY

I know that residents in the community have chosen this area to make their home because of their love for the green space and the environment. I also know that a community understands their needs better than anyone, and I will make sure they are continuously heard.

I have a proven track record in being able to bring together the community and the highest levels of the NCC. When the community was outraged by the slashing of trees in the Mud Lake conservation area I was instrumental in bringing together senior officials from the NCC to listen to the community’s concerns.

Another example was the proposed location of an LRT Maintenance and Storage Depot on NCC land directly behind residences in the Crystal Beach community. I spoke directly with the Mayor and worked with the NCC to have this depot moved closer to Wesley Clover Parks where it will not impact on the green space or create noise and light pollution for the neighbourhood.

As a government, we recognize that the NCC is an advantage for our capital in ensuring the preservation of our green spaces and heritage. However, we also recognize that it does many of the same things that a municipal government would do without the same kind of representation or accountability. That is why one of the first things we did as a government was to appoint the mayors of Ottawa and Gatineau as ex-officio members of the NCC Board so that the city is not blind-sided after decisions are already made. We also mandated the NCC to do more community consultation. I will continue to remind the NCC of this mandate and push them to do better and to consult and work with communities.

ISSUE 4: Supporting families and seniors

BACKGROUND: 

Young families and seniors make up a large part of Crystal Beach-Lakeview. Many of our families need help with the high cost of raising their children. Our retirees on fixed income have integrated housing needs, including the need to retrofit their homes, acquire mobility aids, and source other support services.  

CANDIDATE QUESTION: 

What specific policies will your party commit to bring forward, if elected, on the issue of affordable child care for families and the question of affordable living for seniors?

CANDIDATE RESPONSES:

ABDUL ABDI, CONSERVATIVE PARTY

Seniors built this country, and they deserve to retire with dignity. We will bolster home-accessibility tax credits, reduce income taxes, get remaining taxes off of pensions, remove the HST from the medications that still have it, and allow professional and non-professional (familial) respite services to be written off. We will also enact legislation to go after companies that do not fulfil pension obligations. 

The Conservative Party of Canada created the Child Tax Benefit — the Liberals simply took credit for it. We will maintain it and increase it every year, and we will make it tax-free. We will also bring back tax credits for recreational, artistic, and academic activities (up to $1000 to be claimed and an extra $500 if your child has special needs), and raise the government contribution to the RESPs from 20% to 30%, allowing parents to save between $500-$750 more each year. Maternal and paternal benefits will be tax-free.

Conservatives have guaranteed a 3% annual increase to both the Canada Health Transfer and the Canada Social Transfer. If GDP growth is higher than 3%, we will match that figure. This means that the provinces will have more money for elderly care, housing, pre-k, and other essential services. 

ANGELLA MacEWEN, NDP

I hear every day from people at the door that life in Ottawa West-Nepean has become less affordable over the past four years. While the government looks after the interests of wealthy insiders, the ability of ordinary Canadians to make ends meet is slipping away. That’s why the NDP has a comprehensive plan to make life more affordable for Canadians.

We will create 500,000 new units of quality affordable housing over the next 10 years. We will also provide immediate relief for families who are struggling to afford rent in otherwise suitable housing. We will invest in long-term care homes to ensure that high quality, affordable rooms are available to seniors who need them. And we’ll make the Caregiver Tax Credit refundable, to provide thousands of dollars to low income seniors who are caring for a loved one. Our national pharmacare program will save seniors hundreds of dollars every year on prescription medications, while our dental program will provide full dental coverage to low-income seniors.

We know that families are struggling every day with child care costs that rival, and sometimes exceed, the family mortgage. An NDP government will invest $1 billion in 2020 and grow that investment annually, to ensure every family that wants a child care space can access one at an affordable price.

ANITA VANDENBELD, LIBERAL PARTY

Our government has made historic investments to ensure seniors receive the care they deserve. We increased the Guaranteed Income Supplement by 10% for single seniors and enhanced the Canada Pension Plan over seven years so that seniors will be eligible for up to an additional $7,000 per year..

Here in Ottawa West-Nepean, we were able to see the direct investments made into seniors affordable housing, when we welcomed seniors to new affordable housing units above the Carlington Community Health Centre. We also introduced the new Canada Caregiver credit, which will provide better support to family members who support a dependent with physical or mental impairments.

Recently we announced that a re-elected Liberal government will increase Old Age Security by 10% for seniors 75 and older, and increase the Canada Pension Plan Survivor’s Benefit by 25%. 

With regards to affordable childcare for families, our government introduced the new Canada Child Benefit where families are receiving an average payment of $2,300 more in benefits, tax free. We recently announced that we will boost the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) by 15% for children under the age of one. We will also make parental benefits tax free, and establish Guaranteed Paid Family Leave for those new parents who are not eligible for EI.

In 2017 we invested $7.5 billion over 11 years to improve access to child care, with Framework Agreements reached with all provinces to create 40,000 new Early Learning and Child Care spaces. A re-elected Liberal government will double this amount and create up to 250,000 more before- and after-school spaces for children under 10 years old, and flexible spaces for those who work overtime or do shift work.

Federal Funding Issues in Ottawa West-Nepean According to City Councillor Theresa Kavanagh

We asked Theresa Kavanagh, Bay Ward representative on City Council, to identify what she considered key local issues in this federal election. Here are her views.

Federal funding is essential to build city infrastructure. Municipalities need assistance on large projects such as the LRT, but they also need help to pay for infrastructure such as pathways and bridges to get to transit stations as well as affordable housing. Municipalities do not have much money available for large new capital spending. That’s because their primary source of funding comes from property taxes that are largely used for ongoing municipal services such as roadwork, parks, snow removal, and transit system operations.

Transit/Cycling Infrastructure

We need infrastructure funding for capital investments such as bike paths, sidewalks, and pedestrian bridges to transit stations. The Stage Two LRT budget does not include much funding for such infrastructure. We also need more funding to subsidize operating costs so that transit fares do not have to increase. For Stage 2 LRT, we need infrastructure such as a bridge to Lincoln Field Station and better sidewalk and bike routes to DND.  

Affordable Housing

Three tracts of land near transit stations in Bay Ward have been listed as possible sites for affordable housing. The City of Ottawa needs a strong partnership with the federal government for a capital investment plan to create new housing for working families who cannot afford to buy a home in our communities.

Recreational facilities

As with most infrastructure, the city needs capital funding from the federal and provincial governments to build new facilities such as recreational centres. Recently, the City of Ottawa General Manager of Parks stated the city needs a new 50-metre pool. This would be a welcome addition to Bay Ward where there is no full-scale recreation centre. With new land opening up around transit stations such as Queensview and Pinecrest as well as at Lincoln Fields, there is an opportunity to build a recreational facility along with affordable housing.

Infrastructure around DND Headquarters

The federal government is responsible for the setup of the National Defense HQ on Moodie Drive. This location will require much infrastructure, which be another expense for the city. The LRT Stage 2 will end at Moodie, but it leaves an 800-metre gap to the entrance. The city needs federal funding for sidewalks and cycle lanes to help employees get to work safely. 

Child Care

There is a desperate need for quality licensed childcare facilities in our communities. This requires infrastructure funding to build more centres in accessible locations so more parents can re-enter the workforce without paying a fortune for responsible and secure childcare. Our community also requires subsidies for low-income families so they can get full-time employment and have a higher quality of life for their family. 

Crime and Gangs

There has been criminal activity related to youth gangs and drug dealing. Police will be the first to say that patrols are good but that resources need to be put into keeping youth away from a life of crime. We need funding for programs that divert youth from making the wrong choices. Currently, this is done through a patchwork of charity programs that do not have enough funds to provide long-term strategies in problem areas. We need federal funding to help us set up youth programs.

Candidates in Ottawa-West Nepean

Abdul Abdi, Conservative Party of Canada
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Vincent Cama, Communist Party of Canada
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Serge Guevorkian, People’s Party
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Nick Lin, Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Angella MacEwen, New Democratic Party
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Phone: (613) 255-2865

Butch Moore, Unaffiliated

Sean Mulligan, Christian Heritage Party
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David Stibbe, Green Party of Canada
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Anita Vandenbeld, Liberal Party of Canada
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Phone: (613) 726-1196

6 thoughts on “2019 Federal Election Primer for Crystal Beach Lakeview Residents”

  1. Bravo! And Kudoos to the city for pushing for phase two of the LRT to go all the way to Moodie Drive. If you live in the east end, no need to park at DND, you will get there faster by train than with your car. Enjoy the ride, read a paper, a book, send a love note to your special one… you can do that and more while riding the train.

  2. This is great…thank you for taking the time to put this together and thank you to the candidates who replied. This is very helpful and timely.

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