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Jim Watson’s political career

1991-1997: Councillor for Capital Ward, an area that includes the communities of Old Ottawa East, Old Ottawa South, the Glebe, Heron Park, Carleton University and Riverside

1997-2000: Mayor of Ottawa

2000-2003: Chief executive officer of the Canadian Tourism Commission

2003: Elected as a Liberal to the Ontario Legislature, representing the riding of Ottawa West-Nepean

2003-2005: Appointed minister of consumer and business services by the McGuinty government

2005-2007: Ontario’s first minister of health promotion

2007: Reelected to represent the riding of Ottawa West-Nepean

2007-2010: Minister of municipal affairs and housing

2010: Mayoral candidate