Mayor Jim Watson - commander of the O-Train. He's been #OnTrack2018 before it was even a hashtag. Like a local Justin Trudeau, he's a politican and celebrity in his own town because, well, Ottawans see him everywhere.
Whether he's at a Mac 'N' Cheese Fest or Tweeting, Mayor Jim is all about being connected to his city. Whether or not you agree with him politically, he's done some pretty memorable stuff in the past that'll probably make you nod and say, "Yeah, that's kinda cool."
Here's 10 times Jim Watson proved he was the coolest mayor in Canada:
That time he raised the gay pride flag at city hall during the Sochi Olympics
In response to Russia's anti-gay law, Mayor Watson raised the gay pride flag over city hall during the Olympics as a sign of tolerance in our very own town.
@JimWatsonOttawa This is a stupid waste of time. You've lost my vote.— Awe Some (@Awesomely11) February 6, 2014
@Awesomely11 if you have that point of view, I really don't want your vote.— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) February 6, 2014
And when a critic Tweeted him, he completely shut him down
Most unpopular guy in Ottawa?
Or the one time he helped a kid skip class
Chloe wanted to visit city hall, so he wrote a note to her school to explain her absence. He even told the school her teacher to give her less homework. +1 Watson.
He bet Golden Palace egg rolls with the New York mayor
Watson will get New York bagels if the Sens win.
The Ottawa mayor Jim Watson lost a bet to the Montreal mayor Denis Coderre. He entered city council with a PK Subban. pic.twitter.com/T30JdIykTv— roger dubois (@rogerduboiscbc) April 29, 2015
And when he lost a bet, he totally honoured it.
An honourable walk of shame.
He has a South Park character that gives party advice
You can find videos on his Insta that give you party advice in Ottawa. He even says that if you don't eat shawarma after a night out, did you even party? Words of truth. No Ottawa party is complete without a late-night shawarma run.
— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) February 2, 2016
Mayor Jim denied Return of Kings's entry into Ottawa
And other mayors across the country followed suit. Lead the way for tolerance, Watson.
He knows how to rock #tbt
His Facebook page and Instagram is basically 1/3 #tbt. Whether it's him holding a panda cub a decade ago or chilling with Dan Aykroyd, this man has had a worthy enough life to throwback to.
He made a holiday for Elvis
April 3rd is officially Elvis Day, as of 2017. Yes, Ottawa has an Elvis Day. The King, wherever he is, is probably saying, "Thank you, thank you very much."
Mayor Jim is friends with a guy in England who keeps getting mistaken for him
Jim Waterson, who writes for Buzzfeed in the UK, often gets complaints about the City of Ottawa via his Twitter. As if journalists don't get enough complaints on their own.