Having appeared with a last-minute submission before the Jones Commission, officials of the Ottawa Board of Trade recommended a two-municipality structure similar to that envisioned by earlier deputants.
Messrs. D.C. MacPhail, O. Fisher, and Mrs. F.T. Graves appeared before the Jones Commission to raise the issue of a secretive and unaccountable National Capital Commission making liberal use of its powers of expropriation.
Michael Lackner appeared before the Jones Commission in support of a regional government.
Gloucester Councillors Robert W. MacQuarrie and Federick G. Barrett were not in agreement with their colleagues views on what was to come.
A.L. Dubé, a teacher in Ottawa for 35 years between 1923 and 1958, offered the following observations.
Nepean Reeve Aubrey Moodie attended a session of the Jones Commission to make the case that Nepean should be left well enough alone.
Nelson Charlebois, Reeve of Cumberland Township, appeared separately to support the township’s submission to the Jones Commission. Top of mind was the disproportionately low share of road funds the township received from Prescott and Russell County.
|County Road and Township||Vehicles per day||Underlined Twp. Contribution to County Roads||Underlined Twp. Road Program Apportionment|
|No. 1 CUMBERLAND||750-900||$43,380.00||$72,000.00|
|No. 15 ALFRED-S. PLANTAGENET||150||$17,505.00||$28,000.00|
|No. 5 CAMBRIDGE-RUSSELL BOUNDARY||280-360||$15,683.00||$50,000.00|
Reproduced above, this table (rejected by the County) represents what Charlebois considered to be a fair deal.
Members of Eastview (Vanier) Council informed the Jones Commission that most residents were prepared to accept a lower standard of services relative to Ottawa if it meant remaining independent.
Howard L. Perkins, former North Gower Reeve, appeared before the Jones Commission to support the implementation of a regional form of government.
Marlborough Township Council appeared before the Jones Commission to suggest that everything was fine as-is.
When Ottawa Mayor Don Reid and a team of other municipal politicians and officials appeared before Murray Jones, they highlighted the need for an amalgamated single-tier municipality inside the Greenbelt. While the City of Ottawa clearly did not get its wish granted by the Jones Commission, it would as part of the 2001 amalgamation – and then some.
Perhaps unsurprisingly at this point, the Jones Commission heard from another Greenbelt community that independence was preferred.