What’s A Few Lionized Christians When Re-Election Looms?


Jim Watson is alive and well and living in the mayor’s office.

That’s because the former mayor’s councillors and current mayor’s staff look like the Jim Watson Glee Club. So the lessons learned from decades of rule from the master of charm and deception have rubbed off in Mark Sutcliffe land.

Case in point, the nightmayor. This has Watson written all over it. Here’s why.

The current mayor is being killed by the same political train that killed his predecessor.

So on a weekend that featured yet another “disruption” on the $6.4 billion LRT, what dominates the media?

Why the nightmayor, of course. So rather than read or watch or hear about another failure of the little train that couldn’t, Sutcliffe (or is it Watson?) dangles a shiny lure in front of the media fish. The nightmayor in the city that fun will still forget post-new post.

Yessirree, the ancient Romans had this kind of politics down. Things go a tad wrong on the Hun front? Throw a few lions and Christians into the coliseum to keep the locals from getting too restless. Add some loaves and you’ve got bread and circuses.

Which is what the nightmayor is. A Watsonian deflection of the first order.

Give Ottawans some bread and circuses to turn attention away from that pesky train. Change the media agenda. Look good instead of looking bed.

And thus a $100,000 nightmayor which is cheap PR compared to another failure on the LRT line.

Christians, lions, LRT. There’s a sucker born every minute.

Ken Gray


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2 Responses

  1. John Langstone says:

    I can’t help wondering if the idling by-law wasn’t intended as a diversion for something that didn’t happen on schedule. Was the by-law dropped on us to divert attention from the Lansdowne audit; and then perhaps the Lansdowne audit not released as planned? Question is, what is there on file to divert attention from the audit if it is ever released?

  2. Ken Gray says:


    We have Professor Evan Potter to thank for making me aware of the held Lansdowne audit.

    Between that and the dropped Trillium Line audit, I believe the ethics of city hall are in serious disrepair.

    That’s a nice way of putting it.

    They should be public but I don’t know what to do to make them public.

    Perhaps Prof. Potter could help.



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