And the winner is…
Last year around this time I wrote a blog on Mayor Jim Watson (A good Watson versus a great Watson). I stated I know that he would be a good mayor but asked can he be a great mayor. I still can’t say that I think he will be a great mayor.
Since his election in 2010, he has yet to define the kind of city he wants to preside over. What will Ottawa be transformed into over his tenure as mayor? Over the past year, the only legacy he has been able to secure is that he will raise property taxes close to 2.5% every year of his mandate. There has been no grand plan for the four year term he earned in 2010. As 2014 approaches, voters may be able to say, nothing terrible happened with Jim Watson as mayor but Ottawa residents won’t be able to point to anything great either.
Last night the Mayor, basking in the lights and fanfare of the Juno Awards, tweeted that he is already lobbying to bring the Junos back in 2017, Canada’s 150th Anniversary. It reminded me of my 2011 blog where his goals were to secure amateur sports tournaments for the city. Is that what the Capital of Canada is about: one off events that allow city councillors to leave their wards and look like star struck fans of people not from Ottawa?
Ottawa residents want more. Ottawa residents demand more. Where is the plan to upgrade and sustain the infrastructure within our city limits? Where is the city plan allows residents to move freely and cost effectively from are community to the next? What is the defining character of Canada’s Capital from which mega projects stem? Ottawa needs to move from tactical initiatives to strategic initiatives.
Last night, Mayor Watson has proven again that he will show up to the opening of envelop. But it’s time for the Mayor care less about the opening of a glitzy envelope and care more about the envelopes (i.e. bills) that arrive in our mailbox. So far, the winner is…NOT average Ottawa resident.