Do We Need Problematic Pol, Public Servant Page?

How do you Bulldog Commenting All-Stars and readers feel about creating a Problematic Politician and Public Servant Page?

Here we can list frequent offenders and don’t have to give a reason why they are there.

I mean what’s good for bylaw is good for the public. If city hall doesn’t give a damn about public input or our elected representatives, why should we give a damn about bylaw or pols or staffers.

We don’t have to do this page but … maybe we could … might depend on how the Problematic Property Page works out. Or we could just do it. Whatever you like.

Maybe we can name the page after someone responsible for the biggest mistake in Ottawa municipal history. Or someone else … current or former pol or staffer.

In fact, I believe I have my first nominee.


Get back to me on it if you would be so kind.

We’re not from the government and we’re here to help.

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9 Responses

  1. Bob Gauvreau says:

    June 15, 2024 Ken curious to know who your nominee would be/

  2. John Langstone says:

    You may be opening up a can of worms, but I like the idea.

  3. sisco farraro says:

    The Loathsome Scoundrels List. No acronym please.

  4. The Voter says:

    Sisco,

    I’d go with Loathsome Reprobate Troublemakers (if anyone has a better word starting with “T”, I’d welcome it!) and please use the acronym. I think the two catastrophes will go well together.

    My first instinct is to not only have a list but also an annual award to the most egregious example through the year. If, as I suspect, there may be too many unworthy candidates in a given year, perhaps there could be a monthly prize with those “winners” – and I use the term loosely – going on to compete for the annual prize.

    Then I turned my mind to a name for the annual award and one soared above all the rest. Looking back over the many years I’ve been around City Hall, there’s one person who personifies a “Problematic Politician”. There are, of course, others whose efforts might make them the choice if this individual wasn’t in the arena but, unfortunately for them, he stands head and shoulders below them in his infamy over his time at city hall. Since he rarely served anyone but himself and his buddies who were, in fact, his ‘public’, it could be unfair to label him a “Public Servant” as most of us understand that term.

    I’m talking, of course, about the one, the only James Alexander Watson, erstwhile councillor and mayor of our fair city. Now we could name it the JAW award, using his initials, but I prefer calling it the Jimbo, collectively the Jimbos.

  5. Ken Gray says:

    Voter:

    The Jimbos … priceless.

    k

  6. C from Kanata says:

    Good news, you’re officially a news source now. I can’t share your posts on Facebook any more!

  7. sisco farraro says:

    Ken. After having read and commented on The Bulldog (even intelligently at times) for a number of years, it was pretty obvious to whom you were referring before you followed up with JAW. I like your LRT idea. And you’re right, the T-word is the hardest one to conjure.

  8. Ken Gray says:

    C

    God bless ya but that’s been occurring for some time now.

    Yessirree C. We’re playin’ with da big boys now … move over Globe, CBC, Star … da big dog is coming through. lol

    cheers and thx

    kgray

  9. Ken Gray says:

    The Voter:

    The Jimbos … it cost us $6.4 billion. It’s an expensive award. We should get some value from it.

    There’s the scrap value.

    But beyond that, there’s a few laughs. Humour sure is expensive today.

    cheers

    kgray

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