Didn’t Mayor Jim Watson fight to become a non-voting member of the National Capital Commission board?
So should he not withdraw from any negotiations between the City of Ottawa and the NCC? Where does his primary allegiance reside?
If Watson wants to be part of the NCC … be part of the NCC. If Watson wants to be part of the City of Ottawa … be part of the City of Ottawa. But how can he represent the best interests of both stakeholders?
Add that conflict of interest to the fact that the city is in bed with Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group at Lansdowne and in direct competition with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and his associates in the sports and entertainment field. Bad enough the waterfall of money over at Lansdowne has dried up, what happens to the waterfall if Melnyk and Co. move in next door? How parched the City of Ottawa will be.
Do the residents of Ottawa want a guy representing their interests with two major conflicts of interest? Watson can’t even decipher who he represents and takes campaign donations from people over whom he directly adjudicates. Make that conflict of interest No. 3.
Wait a second. We’ve got this all wrong. It’s obvious who Watson represents.
Jim Watson represents Jim Watson.
Want to know how all this will turn out?
Whatever is best for Jim Watson. That’s the primary directive.
Anybody hurt in the way is just collateral damage.
Take note Eugene Melnyk.
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