One thing is certain in Ottawa. Former mayor Jim Durrell loves this city and has done much to make it better.
So when the now vice-chairman of the Ottawa Police Services Board gets concerned, it’s time for everyone to pay attention.
After Chief Charles Bordeleau congratulated officials on the level of security on Parliament Hill on Canada Day at a PSB meeting, Durrell responded mightily. Chairman Eli El-Chantiry could learn from this.
“When we take the greatest celebration that our country enjoys – Canada Day – and we turn it into an armed camp, and we funnel people like cattle for hours on end, and we pat ourselves on the back?”
Bordeleau is supported by Mayor Jim Watson, so as a follower, the chief doesn’t criticize. Everything is good. Critical thought is forbidden in the world of Watson. Don’t believe your agent? Watch a city council meeting. It’s where debate goes to die. Yes, Your Worship. No, Your Worship.
Durrell continued. “If this goes on, who the hell would ever want to go to another Canada Day again? If this is what our country is going to evolve to, then it’s a sad day for our country.”
“Well, Canada Day was Terrorists 1 and rank-and-file Canadians 0. We could call it a victory for security, but that’s all a crock.”
Durrell is smart, capable and caring. When he talks, we should listen.
And it is so refreshing to hear anyone tell it like it is at city hall and environs.
Photo above: Former mayor Jim Durrell is an important asset for this community.
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