In case anyone else is curious about the free NYC flights Thursday for Mayor Jim Watson, his staffer and Deputy Mayor Steve Desroches provided by Porter Airlines, this is a response from Porter’s spokesman…
Porter isn’t receiving anything for providing the flights. It is a gesture made in the same spirit as the mayors’ bet.
I hope that this is helpful.
Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
From: Jon Willing
Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2012 3:17 PM
Subject: Ottawa mayor’s trip paid by Porter
Just curious, is Porter receiving anything in return from the city for sending Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and two other city officials to NYC for free on Thursday, as announced by the mayor today?
Thanks for your help,
City Hall Bureau, Ottawa Sun
Watson is making good on a bet with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the Ottawa Senators/New York Rangers series, which the Rangers won in seven games. Watson put a BeaverTail on the line and he’s delivering it to Bloomberg. “BeaverTails Canada Inc. founder Grant Hooker and his wife, Pamela, will provide a special BeaverTail called the Playoff Payoff Tail, topped with New York Rangers blue and the score of the series,” a news release from Watson’s office says.
It’s also somewhat of a business trip since the Ottawa delegation will meet with Consul General John F. Prato on economic development opportunities.