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Watson reveals economic platform

The mayor announced his economic development priorities at the city's Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards, Sunday.
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Jim Watson announces his economic platform during a campaign event at Bayview Yards on Sunday, September 16, 2018. (Jeff Slack/1310 NEWS)

Jim Watson used a campaign rally to highlight the economic achievements over his past eight years as mayor, and announce his promises for Ottawa's economic development if he's re-elected next month.

The mayor announced his economic development priorities at the city's Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards, Sunday.

"Continuing to support good jobs across the city is one of the responsibilities of any municipal government," Watson told supporters.

Among Watson's pledges if he's re-elected as mayor: attracting major events and major sporting championships to Ottawa, encouraging more patios by reducing patio fees by 50 per cent, and increasing the city's contribution to the Ottawa Film Office in order to attract major productions to film in the capital.

So, how does Watson plan to pay for these promises?

"We will have a plan that is affordable, that also takes into account everything from inflation to pressures on our budget," Watson told reporters. "Because we want to make sure that anything I promise is realistic and affordable."

Watson says there are three revenue sources they are looking into: another level of government, raising taxes, or spending cuts.

Watson says his tax plan will be released at a future date.




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