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Watson pledges openness at city hall

If he’s elected, mayoral candidate Jim Watson says he plans to implement policies that will deliver increased openness and transparency at city hall.

If he’s elected, mayoral candidate Jim Watson says he plans to implement policies that will deliver increased openness and transparency at city hall.

“We must start governing ourselves by a higher ethical standard, and the changes I have proposed ... will raise the bar for our municipal leaders,” said Watson.

Watson said he would pass a bylaw in conjunction with council that prohibits all elected officials from sitting on corporate for-profit boards of directors.

“The current mayor sits on a private, for-profit board of directors. I don’t think that’s appropriate,” Watson said.

Watson said he was not questioning Mayor Larry O’Brien’s ethics.

“I’m questioning his judgment,” he said. “Why would he continue to stay on a corporate board of directors that does business with the City of Ottawa ... the optics don’t look good.”

Watson would also require the mayor to put all financial assets in a blind trust and ban all sole-sourced contracts by the city, which he said damage public trust.

On Lansdowne Park, he said, “I’m not going to turn back the clock, but on a go-forward basis, my view is that we shouldn’t be sole-sourcing.”

 
 
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