The point was, people are inconvenienced by the company all the time. Don't like it? Get out. That's all we got.
There's inconvenienced, and there's financially hammered on your home sale. One is okay, the other is not.
Many on this site have often (and rightfully) pointed out that "the company" should also think of the people. In the various base closure examples, the military pers were all given paid moves to thier new places of work and the civilians would have been offered paid moves or they would have been entitled to union won "work force adjustment" benefits. In the case of relocating NDHQ, the workforce also needs to be part of the consideration. Maybe not a go/no-go factor, but certainly a plan to mitigate hardships should be on the books. Conceivably, everyone east of "the split" at hwys 417 & 174 could be given a 4 year window to opt into a paid relocation to the west side of downtown.
Let's not forget that this is a federal government department, and we cannot do anything without a collection of ministers assessing the potential impacts on local economies. If this move would "hammer" one side of the city, then the government would insist on some sort of plan to make-nice (such as encouraging the sub-way with federal dollars).
The first HUGE hurdle is to get the Government go change a policy that says 25% of each and every major government department or agency is in Québec. Unless DND is allowed to be exempted then a relocation will not, because it cannot, reap all the benefits it should.
I once proposed (some what sarcastically) that the solution to a consolidated NDHQ was to build an island in the centre of the Ottawa river with foot bridges connecting the parking lots on either side of the river. The 25% policy could be satisfied, all political interests could be appeased, and NDHQ could operate under a single roof (or at least on a single campus).
A proper, full, relocation to Moodie Drive – with space to spare for e.g. large Project Management Offices and for nearby offices for e.g. contractors – can save time, money and people and can make day-by-day staff work more efficient and effective.
But, if the relocation is incomplete then it may waste more than it saves.
This is the critical "if." Should a Moodie Dr campus simply serve to consolidate all the little scattered offices, then it will likely induce more harm than good. There is already an inordinate amount of salary wasted in travel and wait times on the NDHQ shuttle service. Adding another 60 min round trip will not help productivity nor communication within the headquarters.
... as an asside, I would also hope the messes follow wherever a consolidated NDHQ goes. I know most seem emotionally attached to historic buildings, but a failure to follow NDHQ to a new location would solidify irrelevance to still serving members.