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    I hope what follows is the Mayor of Gatineau doing what is best for his city and not politics. Right now, ‘wow’ and Ottawa needs some of this.

    A running spat over two proposed condo towers in Gatineau has crossed the provincial border, with the head of Brigil Construction saying Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is in his corner.

    Brigil wants to build two towers in a heritage district near the Museum of History. One would be 55 stories, the other 35. No way, says Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, who argues the towers would be fine somewhere else, but not among these narrow streets and historic homes.

    On Wednesday, Brigil president Gilles Desjardins took the political tussle to the radio airwaves. In an interview on 104.7 FM, he said Watson regularly suggests he shift his work to Ottawa “to build beautiful things.”

    Then Pedneaud-Jobin weighed in. He responded, also on 104.7 FM, to say he won’t give in to the threat of moving construction projects to Ottawa.

    “For months and months he (Desjardins) has made this kind of threat. I don’t give in to threats,” he said. “We are not building a project of that size in a heritage neighbourhood.”

    On Tuesday, Gatineau’s council referred the $400-million Place du Peuple condo tower issue to city staff to present a report by the end of January, well after the Nov. 5 election.

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