The Ottawa Citizen
April 16, 2002
Rein in NCC, maverick senator says: Anne Cools argues area MPs not doing enough to save Moffatt Farm; takes fight to federal cabinet Crown agency won't budge on plans
In a clash of neighbourhood and national politics, Liberal Senator Anne Cools is taking the battle to save Moffatt Farm all the way to the deputy prime minister.
Ms. Cools and Ottawa Councillor Wendy Stewart will today ask John Manley and the Liberal caucus in the national capital region to rein in the National Capital Commission and stop the empty field along the Rideau River from being rezoned for development. Ms. Cools, a Toronto senator who lives in the Mooney's Bay area, says she is stepping into the breach because Ottawa-area MPs, including Mac Harb, who represents the area, have not risen up on behalf of their constituents.
"I don't think it is fitting or desirable that the NCC be in such a conflict with the local government and local residents. The local members of Parliament are being silent about this and we are asking the MPs, of which Mr. Manley is one, to look into this matter and take a position," Ms. Cools said, explaining that she is not interfering in a community affair, but doing her job as a member of Parliament.
Mr. Harb, who has been in the crosshairs of Ms. Cools and some of his constituents, scoffed at his critics. He said the community backed the development initially because it would bring in new residents who will help save the neighbourhood school, which lacks students.