Columnist Susan Sherring takes the brave stand of defending her newspaper’s odd editorial against the hard words of Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.
If the nation’s capital is ever going to see an outdoor hockey game in 2017, Melnyk, not Bettman or Watson, is the only guy who can make that happen.
Time to put on your big boy pants.
And be the kind of civic leader this city has always treated you as.
Gee whiz, Sue. Hasn’t Melnyk and his consortium of business associates done enough this year by undertaking the biggest project in Ottawa in recent memory. You know, redeveloping LeBreton Flats … the land that was a local joke and that stymied municipal and national politicians for about a century. That’s a century, Sue. A hundred years. Nice round number. Not a hundred and fifty years. One hundred. How are you celebrating?
Look Sue, Melnyk has done more for this city than Bettman, Watson, you, me and most of Ottawa. Your column sounds like Randy Denley has returned from the dead.
The Sens owner put a lot of work into the bid for Parliament Hill. That was time he could have spent toiling on that little project on the Flats. Or getting his hockey team out of some concerning attendance woes.
And sure, might he be a bit peeved about watching process go out the window on his casino bid or losing a Major League Soccer franchise he had in the bag when the city used odd process on the Lansdowne project? Wouldn’t you be a tad tepid? A good ref would have called the city for unsportsman-like conduct.
Melnyk has only so much money and so much time to give Ottawa. He’s a busy guy. Melnyk tried his best to get the outdoor game on Parliament Hill. He failed. Time to move on.
Oh yes. Where were His Worship’s Liberal pals on the Hill when the federal government killed the Senators’ project?
One would have thought that with all the glad-handing Watson has been doing just north of city hall he could have got a better result. Or maybe the mayor wasn’t trying that hard. Remember the city competes with Melnyk’s Senators through Lansdowne. Golly, why would the mayor want to make Melnyk look bad?
Didn’t hear that big sports fan Watson lobbying out loud for the Parliament Hill game. And when has Watson ever lobbied quietly? Maybe he forgot.
Melnyk owes the City of Ottawa, OSEG and Watson absolutely nothing. And they don’t owe Melnyk anything.
That’s business. It’s a bit nasty now and then.
Time to put on your smarty pants, Sue.
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