Re: Separate Watson And State

Re: Separate Watson And State
Posted on February 14, 2014 | Mike Maguire | Written on February 14, 2014
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Bulldog Ottawa

Author's Note:

Author's Note:

I made this comment earlier today on the Bulldog Otawa blog after reading Ken Gray's post about Mayor Watson donating $5,172 to the Ottawa Food Bank...

OC Transpo donations for me? No, that’s just not in the cards.

Here’s my take on the Mayor’s Christmas party:

  1. Neat idea but $60K seems extravagant.
  2. It’s not enough for the Mayor’s staff to claim ignorance about the various Donors’ motivations – part of the job of leading the City is to avoid even the appearance of conflict.
  3. Cash donations from other branches of the City are inappropriate – that’s nothing less than re-directed taxes or fees.
  4. The subsequent ‘donation’ to the Food Bank is only a symptom of the contemptuous, hyper-partisan climate of entitlement at City Hall.

I’m glad the Food Bank got the money but, please City Hall, no more self-aggrandizement at our expense.

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At 53 years old, I am an IT executive and a long-time Ottawa resident. I am married with two children. I have 27 years of community service working with the Kinsmen and Kiwanis. I consider myself a municipal finance... More


Wow! Ken Gray called it a WHOPPER and I would have to agree. No accountability here!