Jim Watson loyalists beware.
The mayor has your back until it is politically expedient to throw you under the bus.
River Councillor Riley Brockington got that treatment on the Mooney’s Bay playground. Watson in a radio interview wondered why the councillor didn’t call a public consultation on the issue because Brockington knew about the playground months before its announcement. In that one sound bite, Watson absolved himself from blame for the playground and shifted it to the ward councillor. Too bad, Riley.
Now Watson is backing the Salvation Army homeless shelter in Vanier. That’s probably the least-damaging political option for the mayor. He’s already lost Vanier’s votes by not backing official bilingualism. The shelter? Vanier residents can’t vote against him twice.
So Fleury, the mayor’s most loyal supporter, is tossed under the bus. How can he defend the shelter with his residents furious? And that shelter is going through … the mayor supports it.
Watson loyalists should note that he will back you until it is not politically expedient.
Wonder who goes under the bus next? And how many times can Watson abandon supporters until he starts losing votes at council or in the community as a whole?
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