The good people that did not live in Ottawa until Mike Harris decided they should live in Ottawa elected Larry O'Brien as Mayor in the last civic.
Larry O'B was a businessman ... not a computer geek, but a guy that hired computer geeks on contract - he promised to:
bring a business attitude to City Hall,
get rid of plan #493 to ease downtown traffic
and .... reduce taxes.
Well - he was
successful at reducing taxes .... so successful in fact that Ottawa could not afford to remove the snow from the streets in 2007-08.
successful in bring a business sense to City Hall: he was charged with buying off his opposition. (with the help of John Baird)
successful in removing from the table plan #493 from the traffic table in order to introduce plan # 494.
Hell-of-a-gyu, the Larry .... just a hell-of-a-Guy! :peace2:
Now, we find in the Citizen today he is ..... well ..... Larry is nice.
Mayor Larry O’Brien began last Wednesday’s council meeting by effusively thanking the “hard-working public servants” who dealt with the H1N1 crisis last year.
O’Brien then went on to congratulate Councillor Clive Doucet for being recently named Man of the Year by the local Consumers Association
He even likes 'lefties' too:
“I have been impressed by the logic of Councillor (Diane) Holmes.”
Mind you in cancelling plan #493 it cost the city about $36 million -
Mind you that by cancelling a plan from some city 'business people' for a park, with an international design competition it made a fool of the city ....
Mind you, he is a good conservative. A good conservative in that, rather than rule by fiat - he prefers consultation. Especially with the new Landsdown Park development .. he defines consultation in the Colbert way: "We present; You agree."
Looks to me as if the Citizen is willing to accept that his first term was just training for a newbie in politics. Now we are allowed a Mayor ...