So let’s see. Here are Mayor Jim Watson’s election promises after he said again that he was running.
Mayor Jim Watson’s first campaign video.
Let’s look at the mayor’s claims:
- Public Safety: Watson has held a few news conferences on Ottawa gun play and the problem continues. Bullets are flying over neighbourhoods that had previously never seen such things:
- Fiscal Responsibility: Watson created the largest operating deficit in Ottawa municipal history and had to find special funding in the last budget to cover city basics because his two-per-cent property-tax increases were not enough. He has rolled up the largest accumulated debt in Ottawa history;
- Transit: Despite saying repeatedly that the light-rail project is on-time and on-budget, it is neither. Watson has overspent billions of dollars on light rail and yet still can’t get the line to Barrhaven or Kanata in the foreseeable future. People’s safety was in danger from two huge sinkholes on the tunnelling route. Meanwhile with billions of dollars of overspending, Watson forgot to heat the stations;
- Environment: Watson called green space along the Macdonald Parkway “scrub land” when he wanted to build LRT on it. The massive Ottawa sewage storage tunnel to protect the Ottawa River is late.
Watson is unusually sloppy on this video. He looks over-confident. That’s a nasty flaw that often comes back to bite you. Watson’s administrative record is terrible.
A good candidate can beat Watson on that record.