Ottawa-Gatineau mayors put transportation investments on federal election wishlist

The Prince of Wales bridge.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin came together Tuesday afternoon to call on local candidates in the upcoming federal election to make commitments on public transportation, housing and climate-related investments in the National Capital Region.

High on their wish list are investments in public transportation, including commitments to fund the third stage of Ottawa’s light-rail transit system and the development of LRT in Gatineau. They also called for the Prince of Wales bridge to be rehabilitated to make it suitable for cyclists and pedestrians.

Watson and Pedneaud-Jobin also called on the prospective members of Parliament to make permanent the one-time doubling of the federal gas tax from this past year’s budget. They also called for more investments in affordable housing and an increase in funding to help cities mitigate the effects of climate change.

The two mayors spelled out these priorities in a survey sent to candidates running in local ridings. Their responses will be posted on Watson’s and the City of Gatineau’s websites during the week of Oct. 7.