OTTAWA – This is the week Ottawa city council will vote on the Salvation Army proposal for a Vanier mega-shelter, but one city councillor says the political process has been tainted.
Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury says the scales were tipped about six months ago, when the mayor expressed support for the plan for a community hub on Montreal Road.
Fleury tells the Ottawa Citizen that Mayor Watson’s support for the shelter hampers a fair hearing.
The councillor says he fully expects the motion to pass at council on Wednesday, as it did Friday night at planning committee.
Fleury tells the paper he will make one final push to his fellow councillors in an effort to sway the vote to a no, but admits it will be tough because he is fighting the mayors’ position.
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You can hear more from Mathieu Fleury coming up on Ottawa Today with Mark Sutcliffe at 9:15 a.m.