Doucet argues his platform more affordable, touts regional rail

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By Jason White, 1310 News, October 12, 2018

One of the candidates for mayor is painting himself as more fiscally conservative than the incumbent, and argues that his proposed regional rail system would reduce Ottawa's traffic problems.

Clive Doucet has been challenged by Mayor Jim Watson on the cost of his platform, but he calls Watson a big spender -- and insists that his platform is affordable within the city's budget.

"I'm an old guy, and I think as you get older, one of the things that happens is you get more conservative," said Doucet.

Doucet says 10 to 15 per cent of the city's $3.4 billion budget is disposable income, and can be allocated to different priorities. He admits, money spent in one area is money that has to be found somewhere else.

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