It’s true that Bells Corners would be very different today if it hadn’t been for Lloyd Francis and his smart idea of buying up big chunks of farmland cheap and then developing it on a grand scale. The construction of the Bill Teron homes in Lynwood Village by T.F.S. Lands (Teron-Francis-Sim) was an early example of car-dependent tract housing in Ottawa.
Many other imitators followed as new suburban neighbourhoods (for example the Minto tract housing in Crystal Beach) were quickly developed.
So Lloyd Francis could be described as a land speculator, a skillful developer and maybe a profiteer, in the sense that his smart idea paid rich dividends. He has also been credited with the introduction of lot levies as a development tool.
As for Lloyd Francis the politician, I’m not denigrating his accomplishments.
He certainly had a long illustrious career: chief government whip, parliamentary secretary to the president of the Treasury Board, Canadian ambassador to Portugal (appointed by Brian Mulroney), etc. According to the CBC he was notable for being alternately defeated and elected in successive elections between 1962 and 1984.
I’m not saying that Lloyd Francis doesn’t deserve to be honoured.
But should Rick Chiarelli and the Bells Corners Business Improvement Association (BIA) have the power to rename the community’s main street after a politician who was the father of the development industry in Ottawa? The same industry that bankrolls politicians like Rick Chiarelli?