“Days later, (Watson) ended up brokering an agreement between The Ottawa Hospital, MPs and MPPs to support the Sir John Carling site at the east of the Central Experimental Farm as the best location for the hospital.”
Mayor Jim Watson as translated by Jon Willing of Postmedia
No he didn’t.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna reopened the Tunney’s Pasture site from the proposed Ottawa Hospital Civic campus location.
A very disorganized NCC approved the location but the choice looked like it was an order from above. The Ottawa Hospital board said McKenna was responsible for pushing the Tunney’s site. McKenna, for her part, blamed the NCC in a terse few words with the Ottawa Citizen. The rookie MP and cabinet minister wasn’t showing very broad shoulders on this one.
Area MPPs came out against the Tunney’s site and formulated a position together. No Watson on this one.
Local MPP John Fraser who worked behind the scenes on the issue said it was former mayor Jim Durrell who did the heavy-lifting on brokering a deal. Durrell is a Watson supporter.
Watson provided the site of the announcement of the Sir John Carling site.
So what does this tell us?
First, Watson’s statement is a major whopper. Second, he steals the credit from his loyalist Durrell.
Not wise. He just can’t help himself.
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