Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau expressed vague support for the City of Ottawa’s plans to build a multi-million dollar innovation complex just west of downtown in a speech to the city’s business community Thursday.
Justin Trudeau is the leader of the federal Liberal Party.
Mr. Trudeau, who currently leads the party with the third most seats in Parliament, opened the door to the federal government funding the project if he becomes prime minister.
He praised the project, which aims to make the space at 7 Bayview Rd. a hub for entrepreneurs and the new headquarters for the city’s economic development arm, for helping to further his goal of making “our cities and communities incubators for innovation.”
He pointed out that the city and the province, which has pledged $15 million, have agreed to partner on the project, but not the federal government.
“I would have loved to have been able to say the city, provinces and the feds, but there is time for that still,” said Mr. Trudeau.
The city is aiming to have the first part of the innovation complex open by 2016, the year after the next federal election is supposed to take place.
Mr. Trudeau spoke Thursday morning as part of the Mayor’s Breakfast series, co-organized by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa Business Journal.