Mayor Jim Watson is a political wizard.
In fact His Worship had interviews all lined with sympathetic media or happy-town new shows that weren’t going ask tough questions on the day Watson announced he was running for office again.
Strangely, no interview set up with The Bulldog.
It was remarkably orchestrated. But the announcement itself was disconcerting.
I do not know in good conscience how a person could release such an announcement in the form it was written. It absolutely flies in the face of facts.
It is all about getting re-elected, not what is doing what’s right. Maybe in that regard your agent is a bit naive. I thought politicians got into the public service to serve the public. I guess in some cases, I’m wrong.
What is particularly frightening is the amount of debt that is being produced. With the U.S. economy getting stronger, interest rates are bound to rise around the world. In fact, Canada’s solid trade figures might do that here soon.
So all those people who are mortgaged to the hilt are going to see their payments skyrocket. That will apply as well to the City of Ottawa accumulated debt.
Running up debt is less frightening for the federal government because of its ability to raise huge amounts of capital. But municipalities are very restricted on where they can obtain funds. This load will fall on property-tax payers. That will be very difficult for your children and grandchildren when it comes time to pay for this debt.
Former councillor Gord Hunter in a Facebook post said Watson will leave his job when the debt gets out of control. When people begin to realize the burden Watson is putting on them, they will kick him out so fast their heads will spin. But by then Watson will be gone and next guy will pick up the tab on the taxpayers of Ottawa.
Some politicians lose the purpose of what they are doing just to remain in power.
Unfortunately there is no one in the mainstream media in a position to call Watson into account. Columnists have disappeared and good reporters remain objective because their job is to cover the facts. Some reporters at city hall have found time to break stories despite the pressure to produce quick material to fill time or paper.
But for the most part, civic politicians are operating in a media vacuum and its beginning to show.
They think they can get away with anything.
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