Watson launches re-election campaign with $1M economic development plan

By Joanne Chianello, CBC News Ottawa, September 16, 2018

From paving the shoulders on rural roads to cutting patio fees in half, Jim Watson's first major re-election promise included at least $1 million in economic redevelopment plans.

(...)Potentially the most expensive and undefined promise was to pave the shoulders of some rural roads to increase the cycling network in the countryside, which Watson argued could increase rural tourism.

But this promise didn't come with a price tag. It costs about $95,000 for one kilometre of paved shoulder if it's undertaken as a stand-alone project, but less if it's part of a road-resurfacing initiative.


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