This is getting ridiculous.
Mayor Jim Watson is giving the key to the city to former Redblack’s quarterback Henry Burris. Burris quarterbacked the Redblacks to the Grey Cup. That was good and for that he deserves credit. He has received lots of credit for the deed.
But come on, Jim Watson. Reasonable people can think of scores of people in this community who are more deserving of the key to the city. Try Dave Smith and Moe Atallah for starters. Or how about some of the good people at the Ottawa Heart Institute or give that institution the key to the city for all the lives saved there.
Many, many people have done good works in Ottawa and almost all have lived here longer than Henry Burris. This is no disrespect to Burris. He’s a good man.
But the key to the city should go to a person who has shown a lifetime of devotion to the city and perhaps who has done much to make it a better place. Hey, how about Bob Chiarelli, Your Worship, or do you have a problem there? Certainly he has done more for Ottawa than one of your previous choices for the key, Sandra Oh.
People in the community are getting sick of you using other people’s money to garner self-aggrandizement. Yes another photo op, this time with star Burris. Hey he might put His Worship on his morning show. Politics.
Watson is such a bad administrator or so accustomed to putting himself on stage at every opportunity that he has no qualms about it. Wasn’t Ottawa 2017 enough of a self-promotion? And where is the lasting legacy from it? Simply a party. Bread and circuses.
If you really want to do the people of this community a favour, why don’t you pick up the phone in your office and call the light rail officials and ask them why the city is over-spending on this massive project by $3.2 billion. I’ll tell you why. Because you haven’t kept an eye on them. You’ve taken what they’ve told you at face value.
That’s irresponsible. That over-spending is because city staff wants to replace the current stations on the route (which is unnecessary) with monuments to their collective genius. Staff wants to win awards. The genius of the Transitway was that it could be converted to light rail when the time came at low cost. Some light rail. Some low cost.
Well here’s an award. Crown yourself and your project a failure. A massive boondoggle. Huge underground stations that were completely unnecessary and now more stations downtown which will be necessary will cause tens of millions of taxpayer dollars in the future. And for that amount of money, His Worship can’t get light rail to Kanata or Barrhaven. Incredible waste. Watson says he’s building a Chevy. Don’t kid yourself. It’s a Mercedes. It’s a fleet of Mercedes.
And the LRT pretty much sums up Watson’s term in office. Massive over-spending, terrible administration, hard-working Ottawans’ taxes wasted, horrible debt into the future for Ottawa’s children and grandchildren to cover, the highest operating deficit in Ottawa history and perpetual public relations using other people’s money.
Waste … $3.2 billion of waste. Terrible.
So give your key to Burris. You’ll be completely in character.
But consider this as you prepare for this PR stunt using other people’s money.
The stench coming from your administration is so bad that residents are starting to smell it around the city.
You can only hide this farce for so long. That has ended. Your best-before date is long overdue.
Get out while you can, Mayor Jim Watson. Your chances of winning in the upcoming municipal election are diminishing rapidly.
Word is getting around. Within a year when the municipal election arrives, everyone will know … particularly if a good candidate runs against you. People are looking for change and you’re not a change.
Your time in office has been a horrible failure.
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