DAY 17 – 73 LEFT TO GO
Jim Watson is going to have to use every ounce of political skill he has, and maybe then some, to grab the top prize in the 2010 mayoral election in Ottawa.
I did a quick calculation and the90-day review of the ECO fee-asco will land it back in the news the week of October 11th, roughly two weeks before the municipal election date. This will once again tie Watson with the unpopular McGuinty government right when he should be focusing on his strengths and convincing voters he’s the right man to be Mayor of Ottawa.
Watson will already be fighting to keep his votes on the left with the addition on Clive Doucet to the race. And by mid-October, Watson will have clearly defined his vision of Ottawa for 2014 which is based on property tax rate caps of 2.5%. But when the new, revised ECO tax scheme is released in October, will “committed” voters still stick with him when reminded that he also sat around the table when the Liberal government, in 2004, broke its promise of no tax increases and introduced the health tax and was around the table when the HST was approved?
Fortunately for Watson, McGuinty is also well known for changing plans on the fly so it would not surprise me to see the ECO review drag on past the municipal election date which will help Watson in Ottawa and help some other potential mayoral candidates in other Ontario cities. But if the ECO Fee review comes out right before the election as currently scheduled, only Watson’s political finesse will allow him become Mayor of Ottawa.