Jim Watson officially opens his 2018 campaign office

Today, Jim Watson, joined by his supporters and special guest Jim Durrell, officially opened his 2018 campaign office during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house.

The new space was filled with enthusiastic volunteers, neighbours and supporters, who received the behind the scenes tour of the new office, located in Old Ottawa South at 1101 Bank Street.

“I am thrilled to be back in my former community of Old Ottawa South, where my political career began,” said Jim Watson. “I lived here for 17 years and I feel invigorated by the incredible support and positive reception my old neighbourhood has shown me today. I look forward to continuing to engage with residents and working for a better Ottawa.”

Residents are invited to stop by and find out why Jim is running to be re-elected Mayor of Ottawa, learn how they can get involved with the campaign, sign up to volunteer or make a donation. For details on office hours, please visit www.JimWatson.ca.

Since the beginning of Jim’s re-election campaign, 375 people have signed up to volunteer. With their help, Jim has knocked on over 5,100 doors in 11 wards. In the months ahead, Watson and his dedicated team of volunteers will continue to reach out to residents in neighbourhoods across the city.

Watson will release a full platform over the course of the election. It will build on his strong record of delivering results for Ottawa residents over the last eight years:

  • Transit:LRT became a reality under Jim’s leadership. Stage 1, the Confederation Line, will open in November 2018, and construction for Stage 2 LRT begins in 2019. Stage 2 LRT will go farther west to Moodie Drive, farther East to Trim Road, and farther south to Bowesville and Riverside South, with a link to the Ottawa International Airport. We have also introduced 50% discounted transit passes for low-income residents, making this important service more affordable for those who need to get around our city for employment opportunities and appointments.

  • Trust:Jim Watson brought forward the most comprehensive integrity package in Ontario. City Hall has never been more transparent: lobbyist and gift registries, appointment of an Integrity Commissioner, and online disclosure of office expenses.

  • Taxes and affordability:Jim Watson brought fiscal discipline to City Hall by keeping his commitment to cap tax increases to 2.5% or less in his 2010-2014 mandate, and to 2% or less in his current mandate. The City has also maintained its excellent Moodie Aaa credit rating. 

The municipal election will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018.