Ottawa Split On O’Brien Versus Watson

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bulldog pollIf you had asked me this question 4.5 years ago, the answer would have been easy.

After four years of the odd rule of Larry O’Brien at Ottawa City Hall, your agent whole-heartedly supported Mayor Jim Watson in the 2010 municipal election.

Given that choice today, I’m not sure that would occur again. Granted Watson has brought dignity back to the mayor’s office but so many negative things have occurred under his administration that one wonders if given time, O’Brien might have become a better mayor.

This is not a good, nor easy, choice. Your agent wishes it were otherwise.

The mistakes by both mayors on light rail have been expensive. Debt is skyrocketing under the Watson administration without much of light rail entering the red ledger yet. Debate and the free flow of information are limited under Watson. O’Brien created much debate.

The Lansdowne process still sticks to O’Brien while Watson’s inability to press the reset button on the O’Brien light-rail plan has cost Ottawa more than $1 billion. Watson’s handling of the casino was a complete botch.

So the choice is difficult and that is reflected in the Bulldog Poll results.

Ottawa is just as divided about O’Brien versus Watson as your agent is.

So the final tally is: Watson 51.5 per cent, O’Brien 48.5 per cent.


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