Mayor Jim Watson spent absolutely nothing on sponsorships, donations and memberships last year from his office budget.
Smoke and mirrors.
Watson doing what he does best. Charming a crowd.
Now Watson can go to the hustings and say he is Mr. Frugal. People will believe him because they haven’t taken five minutes to look behind the claim.
Watson amassed the largest operating debt in Ottawa municipal history. At one point, Ottawa’s debt was $1.8 billion.
One wag spoke to me after I wrote the post Jim Watson Goes To Hell suggesting that the fires in hell that were the basis of the satire were actually fueled by dollars of Ottawa debt. Wish I’d thought of that when I was writing the piece.
No Watson is like the wizard from the Wizard of Oz. He puts forth a facade of great knowledge and fiscal prudence.
What a joke.
On light rail alone he is overspending the cancelled plan by $6 billion to $2.8 billion and giving us less than the original plan. How is that possible?
The problem is, voters just believe what they are told and what they hear is the power of Watson’s reach with a huge campaign budget, a fawning media (embarrassingly so) and more than $28 million of free publicity from Ottawa 2017.
But wait until the campaign begins for mayor. Up will come the no-spending on sponsorships and the like from his office.
And voters will go … “Hey that Jim sure takes care of my tax money. What a good guy.”
In fact there has never been such a wildly overspending mayor in Ottawa’s history.
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