City Hall A People Place No More

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WHOPPERWATCH

“This is the people’s place. The politicians are just temporary tenants.”

– The Citizen’s Matthew Pearson quoting Mayor Jim Watson


 

This is not Pearson’s whopper but rather Watson’s.

Ottawa City Hall is not a people’s place just because people hang around it.

It would be a people’s place if the city actually cared about the people. It doesn’t.

Watson has seen to it that debate is squelched, that public isn’t listened to in important issues, that the western Phase 2 of the light-rail project was but a brokered private deal between the National Capital Commission and the municipality, strategic initiatives and the budget get little public input.

How bad is the non-people place? Well His Worship had to create a consultation on consultations which was but political window-dressing and unfortunately failed.

Bureaucrats and the mayor run city hall. And as for politicians being temporary tenants, well Watson is running for a third term in 2018.

A people place? It is to laugh.


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