Who Will Oppose Jim Watson For Mayor?

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    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Mayor Jim Watson has declared his candidacy for mayor of Ottawa.

    Who would make good opponents for Watson in 2018?

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    #736982 Reply

    Chaz

    Seems like it is a bit early to start a campaign but maybe Ottawans might want to start a short list.
    A most important matter is – who will vote?
    Would be nice to see a Canadian city with a 70% turn out like the Kurdish in Iraq just had.
    skoal,
    Chaz

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    #736985 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Reason to start it now, about a year before the election, is to establish this place as the location to discuss the vote.

    I want The Bulldog to own the municipal election.

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    #736988 Reply

    Ron Benn

    I think that Paul Dewar would present a solid alternative to Jim Watson as mayor.

    His resume as an MP for many years, including holding a few “shadow” cabinet positions for the federal NDP shows that he knows how decisions are made in the political environment. This is noteworthy because Larry O’Brien clearly lacked that key criteria.

    Paul Dewar would also have the necessary operational support for a campaign from the NDP riding associations. The riding associations are populated by politically active people, people who are ready, willing and able to knock on doors and stuff promotional material in mailboxes, place phone calls, and ask lob ball questions at all candidates meetings. Furthermore, the NDP riding associations are quite capable of fund raising, and when a successful mayoralty campaign requires well over $500,000 in funding, that is important.

    Finally, and most importantly, my observation is that Paul Dewar is more interested in getting results, as contrasted with focusing on appearing to seek results.

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    #736990 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Ron:

    Whenever I say to political people that Paul Dewar might make an effective run for mayor, I get negative responses.

    I don’t agree with them, but they are there.

    Rural areas are unlikely to support Dewar. Conservative neighbourhoods such as Barrhaven and Kanata are about to vote in great numbers for Dewar.

    But then rural areas, Barrhaven and Kanata aren’t too crazy about Watson either. The storm water fee can’t be a vote-getter for the mayor among the rurals.

    Even without those three areas, there’s a lot of Ottawa left.

    And then there is the one intangible … his mother Marion was one of the most respected mayors in Ottawa history. And older people vote. They remember.

    cheers

    kgray

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    #736991 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Ron:

    Another person who might make a run for mayor is College Councillor Rick Chiarelli.

    Once Bob Chiarelli decided to run in Ottawa West-Nepean again, that eliminated a location where Rick Chiarelli would be a solid candidate.

    Of course this speculation about Rick Chiarelli occurs every year about this time. That said, he’s probably the only current councillor who would be a threat to Mayor Jim Watson.

    He would have the large Liberal machine behind him, would take more rural, Barrhaven and Kanata vote than Watson, he has smart people working for him and he knows his stuff … much better than Watson. He would go hard on the debt which would appeal to fiscally conservative Ottawans.

    Watson knows he’s a threat and that’s why he thwarts Chiarelli at every turn and, of course, Watson doesn’t like the Chiarellis.

    But the most obvious clue that Rick Chiarelli is keeping his options open is that he has lost a great deal of weight. He’s looking good. And looking good means a lot on the hustings.

    One other thing. There is much talk in political circles that Watson won’t run … that in fact he’s looking for an appointment. All those administrative errors are piling up and a good opponent can take advantage of those miscues.

    If Watson doesn’t run, it’s a wide-open field.

    cheers

    kgray

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    #736992 Reply

    Nicholas

    Wow Ken. I love the idea of Rick Chiarelli taking a run at the Mayor’s chair.

    While Paul Dewar would certainly mount some effective opposition, I think there are enough detractors out there to make it a question should Watson stay in the race. Despite the Dewar name, I still have my doubts that he can pull off a win. I don’t know if Rick can dethrone Watson either, given how powerful the incumbency factor is, but he would certainly get the support of this red Tory.

    I do agree though that Watson is angling for an appointment. I was a little surprised the feds didn’t appoint him NCC chair but I expect that something is in the works to let his nibs fade into obscurity.

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    #737008 Reply

    Ron Benn

    I have, during the past year, wondered about Rick Chiarelli taking a run at the mayor’s seat.

    I think he needs new challenges, in part because of the palpable animosity between he and Watson. Both are life long members of the same clique of west end Liberals. If both are running for the same office, expect significant divisions to erupt within that group.

    If Rick Chiarelli does take a run at the mayor’s seat, it may be that he and Watson split the west end and Liberal votes and a third person, especially one who is drawing campaign and voter support from a different political party, could reap the benefits.

    If Rick Chiarelli decides to take a run at the mayor’s seat and he is unsuccessful, there is a federal election on the horizon in 2019. While political parties do not like to challenge the incumbent, I have to say that the current MP, Anita Vandenbeld has been invisible – not low profile – invisible.

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    #737011 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Ron:

    He might want to put that law degree to work as well.

    cheers

    kgray

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    #737020 Reply

    Chaz

    There you guys go talking about Parties and Family Dynasties.
    Just vote for whomever lies the least.
    skoal,
    Chaz

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    #737120 Reply

    The Voter

    Ron,
    The last local incumbent I recall being challenged was in Ottawa West. It was a Liberal MPP and he lost the nomination fight. The Liberal incumbent then decamped to the NDP which some had long thought was his natural home. You’ll probably remember who the challenger was – someone who went on to lose the election to the Tory. It was one Rick Chiarelli. The challenged MPP was Alex Cullen.
    Something tells me Rick won’t be in a hurry to challenge Anita for the nomination any time soon.

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    #737298 Reply

    EajD

    Not to be cute, but when last time the Greenspace Alliance canvassed all candidates in the municipal election, the most interesting and quite serious response came from mayoral candidate “Darrel Duck”:

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    #737344 Reply

    Kosmo

    I believe Paul Dewar would be the most logical choice, not the best choice but his situation makes a lot of sense. He has a passion for Ottawa and still carries some brand power because of his Mom. The risk is to high for Rick Chiarelli should he lose, he’d have to find a “real job” and Jim Watson is looking for an appointment he may never get. He’s looking a little stressed these days from trying to keep all his little ducklings in order.

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    #737886 Reply

    Robert roberts

    Having vetoed Dewar I would choose him over Watson in the next election. We need a change!!!

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    #737885 Reply

    Robert roberts

    As I said elsewhere on one of the Bulldog posts, I think Paul Dewar is a good guy. Has integrity. But is a little bit to left leaning for me. I see him as a Social Justice Warrior. He may do things that done might not be good for Ottawa. Silly example might be standing at the border in welcoming in the refugees and asylum seekers offering them settlement etc In someways trying to trying to outshine his mother. In any case his politics don’t really work for me.

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