One of the candidates for mayor is painting himself as more fiscally conservative than the incumbent, and argues that his proposed regional rail system would reduce Ottawa's traffic problems.
Clive Doucet has been challenged by Mayor Jim Watson on the cost of his platform, but he calls Watson a big spender -- and insists that his platform is affordable within the city's budget.
"I'm an old guy, and I think as you get older, one of the things that happens is you get more conservative," said Doucet.
Doucet says 10 to 15 per cent of the city's $3.4 billion budget is disposable income, and can be allocated to different priorities. He admits, money spent in one area is money that has to be found somewhere else.
"The bus lane along Baseline; I think that's a waste of money," Doucet told Ottawa Today with Mark Sutcliffe on 1310 NEWS, when asked where he'd cut spending. "What the students at Algonquin need is...more frequent buses. I'd put the money in that and forget about more asphalt."
Doucet is also touting his proposed regional rail system as a cost-efficient way to reduce traffic congestion as well as wear on Ottawa's roads. He justifies the idea of having Ottawa taxpayers pay to run commuter trains as far as Smiths Falls.
"They (commuters from Smiths Falls) are paying for their ticket; right now they get on the road and they don't pay for a ticket, and they use our roads anyway," said Doucet. "Once they traverse that little boundary, they're immediately chewing up our roads."
Advance polls are open until 8 p.m., Friday. Election day is Monday, October 22.
Listen to the full conversation with mayoralty candidate Clive Doucet on Ottawa Today with Mark Sutcliffe: