As if there wasn’t enough discussion Thursday about Bulldog opinions, your agent gets this on Twitter:
In his grandstanding showboat show in which local federal candidates debate local issues at city hall, Watson made a point of embarrassing the Conservatives. King Jimbo the First, ruler of all of Ottawa (including Parliament Hill), left a chair open with the Conservative logo nearby in the debate to show those plucky Tories had stood up his Kingship for the debate.
“I often find it ironic when I hear people with heavy accents, who are obviously new Canadians themselves, saying we don’t want to accept more people from offshore. There’s really quite an underlying tone of racism in that element.”
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson
How can people with heavy accents be racist when not wanting to accept refugees to Canada?
For years now The Bulldog has been saying that, in the words of a senior city public servant, Mayor Jim Watson is a great retail politician but is lacking on the wholesale side.
Now that is coming home to roost. The Bulldog estimated that from the number of events that Watson was attending plus the more than 50,000 tweets the mayor sends out, those two functions were taking up the time of 1.5 full time employees.
Hard to believe but The Bulldog has its third birthday this morning.
Why it only seems like yesterday that The Bulldog left the cosy confines of ottawacitizen.com and to become a separate being at 6 a.m. three years ago … to the surprise of many. And we’re still going strong.
Much gratitude to the above three contributors to this website but even more thanks to our loyal readers … and particularly so to those who comment so expertly. Through no work of mine, the contributors to The Bulldog’s comment section have created a debate forum in this community that is far above other media in quality. Often I am dumbfounded by the intellectual savvy of our most astute readers. Thank you from the bottom of my bulldog heart.
“More and more, councillors are choosing the will of their communities over consensus and congeniality. We didn’t see this sort of split very often with the previous council.”
McLeod might be pushing the idea of a crack in council a tad much.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has been showboating around using the federal election as a personal public-relations vehicle. Oh that federal candidates could get the same amount of coverage as Grandstand Jim.
He wonders where that generosity was when the Odawa Centre was in jeopardy.
Sheridan is responding to The Bulldog post Where’s The Money, Jim Watson?
Sheridan’s comments are below:
This is the same Mayor Jim Watson who turned his back on the Odawa Centre (an Ottawa aboriginal drop-in centre) that was threatened with closure when the funding rules were changed to an approach which favoured housing support (i.e. getting the homeless into housing units).
Watson also told a meeting of religious and community leaders at city hall that he would hold a public forum and help get residents and groups interested in sponsoring Syrian refugees together with relevant organizations.
Perhaps he has forgotten that the city has sat on its own taxi report for three years. The report was to cover all areas of the taxi industry. Maybe had it been released years ago, we wouldn’t have all these taxi problems today.
That’s $52 million. Not a pretty picture.
But consider this.
Mayor Jim Watson doing what he does best … campaigning. This from 2014.
This is a contribution from commenter Ron Benn who looks at the performance of Mayor Jim Watson:
At issue is what role should the mayor play in a city of 900,000 residents, with a $3B budget, and an integral relationship with the federal government, as a major employer, a major land owner, and a key player in the setting of the vision for the national capital.
Rather than focus on a job description, I suggest that the following characteristics are key to the position.
Mayor Jim Watson sent out this press release to the media Wednesday morning showing he has asked the federal leaders a number of questions concerning the relationship between the City of Ottawa and the federal government.
Watson would like an answer from the federal leaders by Sept. 30.
Click on the link below to see the document:
People in Ottawa have wondered out loud about why The Bulldog takes issue with Mayor Jim Watson so often.
They think your agent dislikes him. Not in the least
Oh sure some of the things Watson has said about me in private that have got back to me have grated somewhat. And for a person who graduated in communications at Carleton University, the Bulldog was deeply concerned about his blacklisting of this publication.
Jim Watson campaigned in 2010 on a slogan of: “Leadership for a better Ottawa.”
Watson specifically attacked Mayor Larry O’Brien over the issue of trust: “During the past four years citizens have witnessed a lack of transparency and accountability that has tarnished the Mayor’s Office and City Hall.”
The agenda shift is on.
It’s his regular old ploy.
Our mayor doing what he does best.
With reference to the mayor, our gumshoes were relieved that tweets are free.
The investigation has been turned into a Top 10 list and the results are below:
A giant $60-million contract for Phase 2 of Ottawa’s light-rail project has been sole-sourced.
So Watson called for bids for the lease on the Coventry Road baseball stadium and took the lowest bid rather than the best bid. Accordingly he screwed up and baseball in this city has suffered a setback from which it probably will never recover. Watson didn’t know what he was doing. No sports fan … no business expert. Good at getting elected though.