This article gives a good idea of why the Liberals are the best party for Ottawa, both provincially and federally. My current MP, NDP'er Paul Dewar, sticks his head into city business, disrespecting jurisdictional boundaries in crude attempts to win political support and build his profile in a swing riding as he faces a very strong challenge in Penny Collenette.
Dewar...has got into the habit of firing off news releases in matters where his role as a federal representative has no place.
Of course, being a Dipper, Dewar probably believes the federal government should be involved everywhere.
If Dewar cared so much...where was he during the city's budget deliberations late last year when he could have actually made a difference in lobbying council?
Because this would require actual effort and taking a stand for progressive policy for the people of Ottawa, such as how the NDP propped up the Conservatives on the environment issue with the Clean Air Act, as opposed to Penny Collenette's work on the environment (http://www.pennycollenette.ca/_pdf/OttawaCitizen_Waterqualityistickingtimebomb.pdf)
"It looks like he's just jumping on a bandwagon," Coun. Rainer Bloess said, adding there's a difference between speaking out as a citizen and "political grandstanding for the sake of publicity."
A Dipper putting grandstanding and rhetoric ahead of actual hands on policy responsibility? Shocking I tell you.
Dewar's interference can be seen as a a companion to Pierre Poilievre, who as a Conservative MP has a negative reflex reaction to any political body making decisions which aren't triple checked by Ian Brodie.
Coun. Steve Desroches:
"We really don't need these 11th-hour antics,"
(Conservative MPP) MacLeod and Poilievre "should stay out of city business."
Coun. Peter Hume:
"Why is the city being criticized for adhering to provincial and federal regulations?"
Coun. Jan Harder:
"Writes off Poilievre's silliness as immaturity."
On the other hand, former Ottawa mayor and current provincial Liberal minister Jim Watson helps Ottawa keep moving forward by acting "Only when it affects the relationship between city and province. His professionalism should be studied and copied."