One of Mayor Jim Watson’s greatest strengths is his facility with the French language.
Often that means his political opponents on the hustings are at a pronounced disadvantage.
Watson’s advantage might now be lost. The mayor has repeatedly refused to make Ottawa officially bilingual … no doubt expecting a backlash from the English community.
Well French-speaking Ottawans are angry. Last week Watson was greeted with a great amount of heckling as he spoke at the anniversary of S.O.S. Montfort. He couldn’t get the heckling stopped until he introduced some of the principals of the protest 20 years ago.
Meanwhile Watson has lost rural support because of his stand on a water drainage tax. The multicultural community is concerned about his slow Abdi issue response. Now despite being bilingual, the mayor might have lost the French community.
Perhaps a French single-issue candidate will run against the mayor in 2018, further hurting Watson’s chances of re-election.
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