SENT TO ALL LOCAL CANDIDATES IN THE 2021 FEDERAL ELECTION:

 

Dear Candidate,

The fact that you are seeking election in the October federal election indicates that you are committed to your riding and the City of Ottawa. I commend your decision to seek public office. Serving the public is a noble calling and I wish you the best of luck on Election Day.

As the Mayor of Ottawa, I also wish to ask you a few very short questions on issues of importance to the future of Ottawa. It will only take you and your campaign team a few minutes to provide the answers and I encourage you to do so. I intend to post the results of this questionnaire, which is being sent to candidates from all political parties in all Ottawa constituencies, on my website on Tuesday, September 14. The unedited responses to the questionnaires from all candidates and parties will be posted at the following link www.JimWatsonOttawa.ca

I would appreciate it if you would kindly return the complete questionnaire to my office by Monday, September 13. If we do not receive a reply by that time, we will simply indicate that we did not receive a reply from you.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Jim Watson

Mayor

City of Ottawa

Public Transit 

1.    As the construction of Stage 2 LRT continues to Orléans, Riverside South, the Ottawa International Airport, Algonquin College and Moodie Drive, the City of Ottawa has now approved two Environmental Assessments that set the stage for the extension of LRT to Kanata/Stittsville in the west and Barrhaven in the south. As part of Stage 3 LRT, the City will bring the comfort and environmental benefits of rail to some of Ottawa’s fastest growing communities. Does your party commit to negotiating with the City regarding funding 50 per cent of Ottawa’s Stage 3 LRT project?

Yes                 No

Comments: ______________________________________________________

  

Affordable Housing

2.    The City of Ottawa’s revised Ten-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan establishes ambitious but achievable targets and a plan to house every resident by 2030. To achieve this plan, the City requires the participation of its federal and provincial partners. 

The City of Ottawa requires a federal annual operating contribution of $42.2 million by 2030, or a total of $273 million over 10 years in order to provide support services for 500 new supportive housing units and operate two new transitional housing facilities in Ottawa. The City also requires a federal contribution of $15 million per year over 10 years in capital funding to fully fund its one-third share of 7,000 new affordable housing units and two new transitional housing facilities. 

A total of $424.5 million of operating and capital funding is required from the federal government over the next 10 years.

Will your party commit to discuss and negotiate on the required federal funding share of Ottawa’s Housing and Homelessness Plan?

Yes                 No

Comments: ______________________________________________________

 

Environment and climate change

3.    In the face of a growing climate crisis, the City of Ottawa has adopted an ambitious environmental plan, Energy Evolution, with a goal of reducing GHG emissions in City operations by 100 percent by 2040. This plan is composed of many local climate mitigation and adaptation projects and requires investments of approximately $2 billion in order to reach this target. Will your party commit to providing long-term, stable funding so municipalities can play a meaningful role in tackling climate change at the local level?

Yes                 No

Comments: ______________________________________________________

Public Safety

4.    The City of Ottawa supports a multi-faceted strategy to combat gun violence that is responsive to community priorities, including a comprehensive approach that includes issues like housing, education, poverty and social infrastructure. Guns and gang related violence remains a top operational priority of the Ottawa Police Service, and Ottawa has a refocused strategy to address these issues. Is your party committed to a comprehensive strategy that includes additional funding for front line police officers to combat gun and gang violence, measures to control the influx of illegal weapons, and legislation to strengthen gun control? Will your government invest in programs and supports for youth and families at risk and other measures for building an inclusive city?

Yes                 No 

Comments: ______________________________________________________

Economic Recovery from COVID-19

5.    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on many sectors of our economy, including tourism, hospitality, and main street businesses. The absence of federal public servants from office buildings across the city has also left a void for hundreds of businesses that depend on their presence. As we start to rebound from the pandemic, is your party committed to supporting these hardest hit sectors in the coming months and years? If so, how?

Yes                 No

Comments: ______________________________________________________

 

Infrastructure

6.    Municipalities own 58 per cent of Canada’s infrastructure, yet receive only 8 per cent of the tax revenue. In Budget 2019, the federal government announced a one-time doubling of the federal gas tax transfer, which would allow municipalities to make the necessary investments to properly maintain municipal infrastructure. This one-time injection provided an additional $57 million to the City of Ottawa towards key infrastructure investments. Do you commit to doubling the gas tax transfers on a permanent basis and index it to the cost of living, so that municipalities can maintain their infrastructure in a state of good repair?

Yes                 No

Comments: ______________________________________________________

 

Collaboration on Joint Projects

7.    Governments can get more done for their residents when they work together. A number of projects underway in Ottawa depend on the collaboration of the federal government and the City, such as the revitalization of the Chief William Commanda Bridge, the new Ottawa Public Library/Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility, and the conversion of our OC Transpo bus fleet to electric buses. Does your party commit to proceeding with these projects that will greatly benefit our community and its residents?

Yes                 No

Comments: ______________________________________________________