Mayor Jim Watson was running around Ottawa City Hall bragging about how the municipality cleared more than $1 million from Lansdowne last year. That much when taxpayers invested at least $211 million in Lansdowne and gave away the valuable land there is a nominal cost lease. Watson either doesn’t get it, doesn’t know how to get it or doesn’t want to get it … For a guy who doesn’t read The Bulldog, Watson sure knows what’s in it. The Lansdowne story on Thursday was exclusive to The Bulldog. Nobody else had it. But there’s Watson responding to it … Apparently when Andy Haydon ran for mayor in 2010, he was told he could advance his bus transit solution in the campaign rather than having the city go with light rail. However the real reason Haydon was pushed to run was so he could take votes away from former mayor Larry O’Brien to ensure a Watson victory … Former Capital councillor Clive Doucet is not saying no to running for municipal elected office again, either mayor or councillor … Imagine getting former councillor Doug Thompson and Doucet back on council. There might be debates again. And fire helmets … If Doucet became mayor, one wonders if he would cancel the second phase of LRT and have staff put it down Carling Avenue. That said, the odds on Doucet becoming mayor are very long …
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