Watson Will Run In 2018: Bulldog Poll



There are good arguments for Mayor Jim Watson running for re-election in 2018.

Watson no doubt would want to help celebrate Ottawa 2017 with his name all over it. And he’d like to cut the ribbon for the light-rail project.

That said after two terms, Watson’s charm might be running a little thin with voters and his media supporters as well. Better to leave on top than get beaten at the polls.

Watson has also been spending a lot of time with our federal cabinet ministers, a sign perhaps that he might jockey for a Liberal riding in the next federal election. In political terms, that’s his only alternative having won municipally and provincially.

Being bilingual, Watson has a step up federally on a number of Liberal candidates. But then Watson only runs when he has a sure thing. A couple of Ottawa ridings are Liberal slam dunks. He’s also reaching an age (55) where he needs to make a decision about his future. If he thinks Parliament Hill is in his plans, Watson must move now.

That all said, here’s how The Bulldog’s readers feel:


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8 thoughts on “Watson Will Run In 2018: Bulldog Poll

  1. It will be interesting to see if he declares this early that he’s running. I’m not sure what the current rules are but it used to be that you could only put your nomination papers in on Jan. 1st of the election year and, until you were formally nominated, it was illegal to raise or spend any money. Once he’s said he’s running, people will expect to see a campaign start.
    Of course, silly me, he’ll have his campaign advertising done by the media as they follow him through the 150th activities and the LRT launch. That’s grossly unfair to any other candidates and is the reason why nominations aren’t accepted until January. The rule should be that you can’t even announce until you put your nomination papers in. I also think the date for nominations should be June, not January. If federal and provincial campaigns can be run in six to eight weeks, why does the municipal one need 10 months? A sitting mayor or councillor has a huge advantage over a challenger as soon as they launch their campaign between media coverage and attending ward/city events.

    1. The Voter:

      You can see why I get so concerned about the local newspaper putting three grip-and-grins in a day.

      The power of incumbency is big enough without piling on from the media.



    2. Well said about the advantages of a current councillor has and you are spot on about the length of the campaign.

      Watson does not need to run again but will for personal pride. Money is not a concern as he will be able to draw multi-pensions from his past political stints.

      1. I think that is the last date to announce.

        A candidate may declare much earlier if I remember correctly but the incumbents normally do not as they can still use their office and grip-and-grin ops until declared so there’s another reason that incumbents have a distinct advantage.

  2. “….reaching an age (55) where he needs to make a decision about his future.”

    Other than a tiny stint as a TV celeb, he has worked no place other than in government.

    I think he decided where he wants to be.

    Perhaps he does need to do his own blue-collar tour though.

      1. Ken,
        That commission was a Crown corporation, wholly owned by the government of Canada and it reported to the Minister of Industry, so he worked for the government there, too.


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