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Heritage minister leaving LeBreton Flats with NCC

November 26, 2018
CBC News

Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez said it’s “very disappointing” that a plan to redevelop Ottawa’s LeBreton Flats has fallen apart, but he doesn’t intend to get directly involved.

At a National Capital Commission’s board meeting Thursday, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and his partner in the project, Trinity Development Group Inc., were given a January deadline to work out issues between them.

The next day, Melnyk’s company, Capital Sports Management Inc., filed a $700-million lawsuit against his partners in the project, effectively ending any hope of reconciliation.

Rodriguez said Monday he was disheartened to see the project stall.

“It is very disappointing, and I understand the frustration of the people from Ottawa and Gatineau,” he said in the House of Commons foyer.

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