Former Ottawa Mayor Larry O'Brien gave a Mayor Mark Sutcliffe a pretty clear piece of advice for his 'state of the city' address: focus on the LRT.
"I think Sutcliffe has got a pretty simple task in front of him," said O'Brien on The Sam Laprade Show. "Come up with his plan of action for the LRT disaster and execute."
The address is an opportunity for the Mayor of Ottawa to outline his plans for the city in the coming year.
While other issues like the police board, homelessness and the Mayor's proposed two to 2.5 per cent tax hike are top of mind, assuring residents the transit in the city is under control is what matters almost everyone. Otherwise, he'll be categorized as an accomplice to the problem, according to O'Brien.
"Because without that heartbeat, without that mass transit system working in the city, we are destined to become a failed city."
Taking place at the beginning of the first council meeting of 2023 on Wednesday, Jan. 25, it will be Mayor Mark Sutcliffe's first address since being elected.
Listen to the full interview with Larry O'Brien on The Sam Laprade Show below.