On safe-injection-site assistance for the City of Ottawa from the province.
“We were never formally asked about it. We didn’t get any call. The first we heard of it was in fact from the media,” Mayor Jim Watson said.
Ottawa South Liberal MPP John Fraser told me in an interview Tuesday morning he called the mayor’s office about assistance to the safe injection sites. And he offered an emergency cold-weather tent to the unauthorized Overdose Prevention Ottawa site.
The person from the mayor’s office (who Fraser declined to name) said he or she would go to get advice. He or she returned with the city’s position that funding should be focused on the three authorized sites.
Fraser has always been an honest broker with me. He said he called. I believe him.
John Fraser has been a remarkably honest politician in my experience. Besides that, what does he possibly have to gain from saying this if it isn’t true?
Watson has achieved his goal of having the unauthorized site shut down so it’s hard to see him coming to this conversation with clean hands. My money’s on Fraser.