Watson’s ‘Good’ Tory Friends

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“I think good friends can have arguments.”

Mayor Jim Watson on whether the City of Ottawa should have taken a position on stopping the building of the Memorial To The Victims Of Communism

Wait a second, wait a second. Good friends? The federal government? The National Capital Commission?

Come on.

Watson should recheck his butt because if he looks closely, the mayor will discover he has a Liberal tattoo on his posterior.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper? Why the Conservative brand.

So right there, you’ve got a conflict.

But then Watson’s selective micro-memory forgets all the nasty things he said about the NCC when the city went ahead with building the light rail line without securing the western exit. That exit was the Macdonald Parkway which happened to carry the federal government brand.

Watson was thoroughly hosed by the NCC when it insisted on no light-rail line on the parkway or it had to be tunnelled. While Watson called the deal on the parkland a compromise, in fact the NCC got what it wanted. A tunnel it is.

Then of course, there was the long-time feud between Watson and former top area cabinet minister John Baird that coloured relations between the federal and city governments.

Good friends? Watson needs to quit picking unnecessary fights with people and organizations that the city and its residents need for allies.

And just as an aside, does anyone see Harper running to the fore with money for Phase 2 of the light-rail project?


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