"We have a lot of positive support"

Sébastien Pierroz
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Jim Watson remains confident

Despite silence from the Minister responsible for the National Capital Region, John Baird, in response to Mayor Jim Watson's grievances against the National Capital Commission (NCC), the Ottawa mayor is remaining confident.

Mayor Jim Watson remains positive on his stance against the National Capital Commission. (Photo: Sébastien Pierroz)

He also welcomes the entry into office of the new Chief Executive Mark Kristmanson to the federal agency, an appointment that was announced, Monday.

@R: "I do not know him personally, but certainly his input will be positive," said Watson. "He knows the municipalities, he knows the NCC where he's worked for ten years. We will have a meeting face to face in the next three weeks."

Watson also said  he "did not want to give up " on the open dialogue, while welcoming the support he's received in recent days to his letter sent, last week, to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to require representation of a local elected from each municipality on the board of the NCC.

The letter was signed jointly by Mayor of Gatineau, Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin.


"We have a lot of support and this is positive," said Watson. "In addition, support is being lent from those with a lot of credibility."


Monday morning, five Liberals in the Outaouais region - Stéphanie Vallée, Maryse Gaudreault, Charlotte L'Écuyer, Marc Carrière and Alexandre Iracà - had also written jointly to Mr. Harper to ask for a modernization of the NCC.


Translated by Catherine Kitts

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