Look a little closer, urges Doucet - Metro US

Look a little closer, urges Doucet

Confident that he’ll surpass Larry O’Brien at the polls, mayoral candidate Clive Doucet took aim at Jim Watson yesterday, citing concern that voters aren’t looking at his policies closely enough.

“I don’t think Mr. Watson’s policies have been represented very clearly in the press,” Doucet said.

“I don’t think most people realize when he came out with his whole housing thing, he was talking about 20 new units a year. I don’t think most people realize the divisiveness of his suggestion to reduce Ottawa city council. I don’t think most people realize his bicycle green plan has tiny elements of a broader plan that I have.

“It’s about where we want to go in the next four years. The only thing I’m worried about is that not enough people understand.”

Watson’s policies haven’t been given enough scrutiny, he said. “They’ve just been reported on.”

For example, Watson’s cycling plan only slightly accelerates what the city has already planned, Doucet said. “And he endorses a tunnel because it’s easier than confronting its many, many flaws.”

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