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Councillor defends driving to TD Place for Redblacks game

The city says you should take public transit to Redblacks and Fury games, but at least a couple of city councillors aren't heeding their own advice.

Rideau-Goulbourn Councillor Scott Moffatt said the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group provided him with a free ticket to the game and that ticket came with a parking spot.

"In the grand scheme of things, if I was offered a free ticket to every single game that took place at Lansdowne, I'd say no," he said. "I mean I don't deserve that. There's no reason for that. I'm certainly not entitled to it."

He said this was a unique circumstance, since it was the team's first ever home game.

He told CFRA's Chatroom he knows that doesn't look great.

"I understand the optics, I mean that's the reality," he said. "I had the pass for parking. I supposed had I been able to get there on time, I would have parked in the park and ride. But at the same time I'd be taking up a spot there and a spot at the game."

Moffatt said if he had a general admission ticket, he would have used public transit.

He said his free ticket will be disclosed on the city's gift registry.

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