GATINEAU – It’s a tale of two cities in two different provinces, with one plan to have their priorities brought to the forefront ahead of the upcoming federal election on Oct. 19th.
By joining forces, the mayors of Ottawa and Gatineau are looking to present a united front on municipal issues to the next federal government.
Mayor Jim Watson and Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin say they want reliable and steady infrastructure dollars for roads and bridges, transit and affordable housing.
Watson says while they may be two cities, they’re really one economic region.
“When Gatineau does well, we do well and vice versa. I think it shows there’s greater co-operation than ever before and issues that we have on our side of the river, in many instances are the same as in Gatineau; infrastructure needs, affordable housing, transit. They cross the river.”
The two mayors will be sending out a questionnaire to local candidates – with results being published by the end of September – briefing candidates on city priorities and holding a municipal issues debate at both city halls, with the Ottawa one taking place on October 5th.