I got to know Bob Chiarelli during the seven years I covered city hall for the Ottawa Citizen.
As you can probably tell from The Bulldog, I don’t pull my punches very often.
Chiarelli fought very hard to keep city hall and Ottawa open, caring and inclusive. Current mayor Jim Watson does the opposite. Watson could learn a lot from Chiarelli but he does not, for whatever reason.
One of Chiarelli’s colleagues at city hall once said they he could leave the mayor in a room with any number of people but Chiarelli was always the smartest person there.
If you couldn’t tell already, your agent has a bit of a soft spot for Bob Chiarelli. He worked hard to keep communications open at city hall and always answered the phone. That’s all a reporter really asks for.
Chiarelli was the last real mayor of Ottawa.
Over the years, first as an MPP, then regional chair (he got a chuckle when he found out I called him the regional Ottoman), then mayor, then MPP again and minister of everything, Chiarelli gave a lot of work to this community. We have done well by Bob Chiarelli.
Yesterday he lost his seat for Ottawa West-Nepean. That was a bit of a shame.
At age 74, he has the energy of a man 30 years his junior.
Here’s hoping that Chiarelli finds a kind of work that is reflective of his intelligence and dedication.
And he will work. That’s the only way he knows. The citizens of Ottawa owe him thanks.
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