What highlights the impotence of Mayor Jim Watson are the media quotations from former mayors of Ottawa on this topic. Jacquelin Holzman and Jim Durrell even composed a letter together which they sent to the National Capital Commission, pleading the hospital board’s case. And now, former mayor and provincial cabinet minister Bob Chiarelli has joined the chorus.
In theory Watson should be a strong supporter of the NCC’s decision which links LRT to the hospital. No one has been more vocal than Watson that the Confederation LRT line will generate new ridership and “take cars off the Queensway.” Furthermore, no one was more outspoken for getting a seat at the NCC table than Watson. And yet, now that he has been granted that voice at the NCC, he decides to remain silent.
Watson’s 2010 election slogan was: “Leadership for a Better Ottawa.” Watson’s 2014 election slogan was: “Progress for a Better Ottawa.” I imagine Watson’s 2018 election slogan will be: “Silent Participation for a Better Ottawa.”
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