Frequent Bulldog contributor Sheridan tells us the MO of the mayor:
The only time that Mayor Jim Watson listens to public pressure is when he thinks that there is political capital to be scored, regardless of the validity of the argument — details never matter to Watson.
Watson’s carefully cultivated image of council unity and consensus is paramount. Indeed, serious council debate and the public consultation process in this city is a sad joke.
Sue Sherring (Ottawa Sun: “Secrecy around library process shameful”) reviews a prime example of this behaviour with the planning process for a new, central Ottawa Public Library. Her scathing indictment of this backroom dealing confirms the feeling I had all along about this sham of a public process: “The whole thing is incredibly shameful and exhibits an inordinate amount of paranoia by chair Tim Tierney and chief executive officer Danielle McDonald, who did everything they could to hide the facts.”
Let’s get serious about taking back our municipal affairs from this mismanaged and undemocratic government.
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