John Ruddy is Executive Chairman of Trinity Development Group Inc. in Ottawa. John was born in Ottawa, and grew up visiting the Château Laurier. It holds a very special place in his heart, as he celebrated his marriage in the hotel’s main ballroom in 1990. He outlines his many reasons for supporting the addition in his article published in the Ottawa Citizen: https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/ruddy-there-are-good-reasons-to-support-the-proposed-chateau-laurier-addition.
Ruddy: There are good reasons to support the proposed Château Laurier addition
John Ruddy | August 15th, 2019
“Far from blocking the building, the proposed extension will actually integrate this iconic landmark into the fabric of downtown life. Here’s how.
As a proud Ottawa resident by birth and a developer by trade, I have watched the debate over the proposed addition to the Château Laurier with great interest. The château holds a special place in my heart, as it does for many of my friends and neighbours. As a young child returning home from trips to Montreal, I remember the thrill of entering into the hotel from the tunnel connecting it to the train station; I learned to swim in the hotel pool; and in 1990, I was lucky enough to celebrate my marriage to the love of my life in the hotel’s main ballroom.
I want to see the Château Laurier remain the heart of our downtown core as much as anyone, and I fundamentally believe that the best way to do this is to move forward with the new addition.”
The full Ottawa Citizen article can be viewed here.