Ottawa's mayor is being skewered on social media for his handling of negative feedback from a follower.
Responding to a tweet from a former talk show host about the delayed launch and the cost of the light rail transit project, Jim Watson went on the attack.
Watson noted his critic's number of followers, calling his old show 'whacky' and said that the station was right to fire him.
I see you have as many followers as you had listeners on your whacky radio show ! @CFRAOttawa made the right choice when they axed your show !— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) November 20, 2018
Since Watson's harsh reaction, there has been a flurry of tweets calling the mayor a cyberbully, telling him to get a thicker skin and saying these types of comments are unbecoming of an elected official.
With all due respect Mr. Watson, he asked a legitimate question. Kind of unbecoming of a Mayor to respond with a shot at someone losing their livelihood.— Matt S (@cdnpoliticojnky) November 20, 2018
Hahaha is the mayor of ottawa seriously an internet troll???? Get a thicker skin or get the hell out of politics!— JLG (@jessrabbit1979) November 21, 2018
Mr.Mayor, this language is hateful & unbecoming of the office, whatever your beef with this person. This is a personal attack--you tarnish the office with it. You need to get a different OttMayor account for official business, then you can attack away & post pet pics w this acct.— CriticalThinking (@BloomTaxonomy) November 21, 2018
This isn't the first time that Jim Watson has had issues with social media and his behaviour on it.
Just before the municipal election, three local activists launched a lawsuit against Watson claiming their human rights were violated when he blocked them from Twitter.
Mayor Watson relented before letting the lawsuit get to court, unblocking the complainants and everyone else.
He also vowed to get a thicker skin.
As of Wednesday morning, the tweet was still posted with no response from the mayor.