Hey Larry! I’m Ranting On LRT. Next Fox News

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Your agent has been ranting a bit lately and, you know, I kinda like it.

It’s … ahhh … therapeutic.

Maybe if I keep this up, I’ll get a spot on Fox News. My first guest would be former mayor Larry O’Brien. Hey Larry, howsit goin’? We haven’t heard from you in a while.

Anyway, there must be a point to all this and here it comes.

O’Brien

If I hear Mayor Jim Watson say one more time that there is not enough money in the kitty for the Prince of Wales Bridge renovation (for light rail, cycling and pedestrians), I’m going to be ill.

Watson’s own staff says that converting the bridge would cost between $20 million and $40 million (though Watson, torquing the facts, said it would cost $100 million).

Shared between Ottawa, Gatineau, the two provincial governments, the feds and, who knows, the National Capital Commission, it could cost city hall about $4 million.

Watson’s Christmas Budget Miracle found $10 million extra from … let’s see … thin air.

No $4 million, Your Worship? Oh dear. Let me help you.

If you take some of the diamond encrusting off the pay toilet seats in the wildly over-spent light-rail project, you could cover the costs in no time.

So what does this mean?

One can only conclude that Watson just doesn’t want to build it. You decide why not.

Maybe he doesn’t understand the value of a dollar. Another border-crossing on the Ottawa River could cost as much as $1 billion. The POW $4 million. Maybe His Worship doesn’t know his math.

 

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2 thoughts on “Hey Larry! I’m Ranting On LRT. Next Fox News

  1. Could it be that His Worship doesn’t want to be seen supporting any bridge crossing the Ottawa River in case anyone wonders why he would be in favour of a Centretown bridge when he is so adamantly opposed to an east end bridge?

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