Ottawa City Council’s Great Debates: Top 10 List



Ottawa has the opportunity to have one of the greatest debates in the history of municipal government. That is on the issue of official bilingualism at the City of Ottawa.

Of course that won’t happen because Mayor Jim Watson won’t allow official bilingualism at the city. This rather diminishes the great debates on Laurier Avenue during his reign. Here are some of the highlights by way of a Top 10 list:


Top 10 Debates At Ottawa City Council During Jim Watson’s Time As Mayor


10. Coffee or tea?

9. Sod: Kentucky Bluegrass or Tall Fescue?

8. Reworking controversial official bake-sale policy;

7. Gray: Hang or burn at the stake?

6. Should councillors be forced to attend standing committee meetings when important restaurants must be opened?

5. Should emergency evacuations for gas leaks or sinkholes be part of Ottawa 2017 celebrations?

4. Plaques: Five-hundred thousand or three-quarters of a million?

3. Give me $6 million for Ottawa 2017 (Watson 2018) or I will pave your ward;

2. Should mayors be forced to read official proclamations or approve flag-raisings before signing off on them?

1. Should Watson give key to the city to himself?



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3 thoughts on “Ottawa City Council’s Great Debates: Top 10 List

  1. When was the last time there was a true debate of any kind at City Council? How long before that was the last great debate? I’d be interested to know what the topics were of the debates people think would qualify.

  2. Ken,
    The above list removed some of the sadness I am feeling regarding the comments and pol about bilingualism.

    One other thing is looking good too , go Sens.

    Thank you for a morning chuckle. I like #2.



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