Watson skips city electric-bus demonstration for fear of conflict of interest

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By David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen, October 5, 2018

Jim Watson skipped an OC Transpo demonstration of an all-electric bus to avoid concerns that he was using the city transit agency for a campaign event, his office says.

On Thursday, the incumbent mayor released a set of environment-related promises as he seeks re-election on Oct. 22. The list included a pledge to “implement an electric bus pilot project in Ottawa.”

Later that day, the city government invited reporters to a show-and-tell at a city garage, where OC Transpo would have an electric bus giving test rides and Watson would take part.