Mayor Jim Watson has made a point of emphasizing in accepting campaign donations from corporations and unions that he was defending the democratic right of business to participate in the political process.
And so they do.
Unions and corporations coughed up about $97,075 for His Worship’s campaign. And Watson’s biggest fundraiser was hosted by two corporate movers and shakers who often do business with the City of Ottawa.
Watson raised $243,976 from individual donors but there is no word yet on just how many of those individuals are associated with enterprises that do business with the city.
So the mayor ran with $321,781 behind him.
Second-place finisher Mike Maguire, who was massacred at the polls, received $700 from corporations and unions. Maguire contributed $15,175 to his own campaign and $7,850 from individuals for a grand total of $22,505 for his election bid.
Maguire’s biggest expense was $10,419 for signs. Watson spent $167,587 for advertising.
And so Watson’s conception of democracy garnered $321,781 for his campaign while Maguire’s was only $22,505. Maguire never had a chance.
So that’s the result of Watson standing up for the rights of business to participate in the democratic system. Businesses in turn help Watson participate in the electoral process, too.
The first step toward banning corporate and union donations to municipal candidates, an initiative by Rideau-Rockcliffe Councillor Tobi Nussbaum, is expected to be raised at the April 15 Ottawa City Council meeting.
The City of Toronto has already banned such donations.
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