Watson wants the controversial issue to go away during an election year and that’s what the legislation passed at planning committee is designed to do. It is expected to be rubber-stamped at council today … 24 hours after it went through planning. What’s the rush? Less time for voters to get concerned about it. Rather like the height and zoning bylaw passed recently … spirited past the public tout suite.
Thus the legislation says that city staff will work with chateau owner Larco to create a design that is reflective of the original building. City staff, not council (and accordingly the people), will have the final say on the design. That way Watson, if things turn out badly, can say it’s not his fault. No doubt the Bobblehead council will agree.
So what Watson is doing is putting his political success ahead of what is best for the community. It’s not the first time this has happened and it won’t be the last. In fact it is the rule rather than the exception. Watson has taken the final decision for the chateau addition out of the political realm.
It is disgusting politics. Open, caring, inclusive government? Don’t buy that from Watson come voting time in October. The chateau decision, like the height and zoning bylaw, is characteristic of how the mayor conducts his politics … for himself.
Furthermore the National Capital Commission has gone to ground on this as well. Does it not have a mandate to deal with the built design of the Parliamentary district? But the Crown corporation doesn’t want to go near this political hot potato with a 10-kilometre poll.
So what Watson and the NCC are doing is what is best for themselves … not what is best for the community.
Who suffers as a result of the legislative fiasco? The people of Canada and Ottawa who lose a part of the heritage of this country for the political expediency of the mayor and the NCC.
Voters should remember this in October.
This municipality does not run for the benefit of Watson. Instead Watson should be operating the city in the best interests of the inhabitants of this community.
Once again, the mayor is not doing this. He is a very selfish person.
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