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Ottawa’s controversial mayor faces new conflict controversy

Defence and security industry show to feature company he founded


 

Ottawa Mayor Larry O’Brien’s decision to overturn a two-decade municipal ban on arms exhibitions in city facilities was controversial enough. But now the Ottawa Citizen reports that a defence and security industry show, slated to open May 27 at the city’s Landsdowne Park, will feature exhibits by Calian Technologies—the company O’Brien founded, and of which he remains a shareholder and director. The mayor has other problems: his trial on charges he offered to secure a federal appointment for a political rival, in exchange for the rival dropping out of the 2006 municipal election, is scheduled to begin May 4.

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Ottawa’s controversial mayor faces new conflict controversy

  1. “a defence and security industry show, slated to open May 27 at the city’s Landsdowne Park, will feature exhibits by Calian Technologies—the company O’Brien founded, and of which he remains a shareholder and director”

    I fail to see the controversy. Maybe someone could specify how this is a controversy. Don’t we need a lot of people opposed to this before you can call it a controversy? And maybe a reason why it is controversial?

    Journalists lose credibility with pap like this.

  2. I’m confused… will it exclusively feature exhibits by Calian Technologies, or are they just one of many vendors?

    I don’t think they should be excluded just because of their relationship to the mayor.

    If, on the other hand, they’re being given special treatment by the city somehow, that’s a bigger deal.

    Anyway, if it wasn’t held in Ottawa it would just be held across the river in Gatineau.

  3. sf; Try to take the time to read an article before slamming the journalist.

    for your benefit:
    In 1989, in response to an uproar over the ARMX trade show at Lansdowne Park, city council voted to ban arms exhibitions at all municipal facilities.

    The Ottawa Presbytery, a group that represents 65 local United Church congregations, has written to the mayor, asking him to ban the trade show.

    Cullen said city council’s motion in 1989 was clear and broad-based, and O’Brien needs to separate his personal financial interest from the public interest. (Cullen is on city council)

    So a lot of people were upset and got a bylaw passed, then O’Brien overruled it, now a lot of (churchy) people are upset and someone on city council is making a case out of it and accusing O’Brien of conflict of interest.

    You may agree or disagree that the controversy is valid, but as municipal politics go this is pretty controversial.

    • Stewart, like I said, I don’t see any controversy.

      The article claims that Calian’s presence at the exhibit is the controversy. Now you are attempting to rewrite the article for the journalist in order to claim that the exhibit itself is the controversy. Haven’t you even read the title? Or the first line?

      If the presence of Calian is the controversy, as claimed by the article, then there is only a few people making that claim, and that is Cullen, some guy named Richard Sanders that was found by the journalist, and maybe a couple of cats and dogs.

      • You’re right, sf. The real controversy is whether a man about to stand trial for bribery should be Mayor of Ottawa.

  4. Wow, that was a long-winded way to agree with me… but I take your point: noble people’s mayor faces faces unfair prosecution while outnumbered 23 to 1 by loathing tenured socialists. (People on council get tenure?) Millions of dollars at stake! yep it is a controversy.

  5. “Ottawa city council is stacked with tenured socialists who loath the peoples’ mayor … ” Give me a break!
    City councillors in Ottawa are almost unanimously fiscal conservatives. Or is there another Ottawa somewhere with “tenured socialists” that also has a mayor by the name of Larry O’Brien?

  6. This isnt really a controversy. He doesnt stand to benefit.

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