Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson vows to run for a second term, not counting his first stint as mayor from 1997 to 2000. Watson ran again in 2010, defeated Larry O’Brien, and has not looked back.


To see an extended version of Adrian's interview with the mayor, watch CBC TV News tonight starting at 5 p.m.

In a year-end sit-down interview with CBC TV News host Adrian Harewood, Watson discussed the year that was and what his political future holds.

From the tragic bus-train crash to the casino to light rail and Lansdowne, Watson says he is ready for more.

“(It’s the) toughest and busiest job I’ve ever had, but the most enjoyable,” Watson tells Harewood.

“There hasn’t been a day where I haven’t enjoyed coming into work. There have been some tough days – the bus-train accident was a tough day – but the outpouring of support from the public, helping those families…really warmed my heart.”

Watson also said this job will likely be his last in politics.

“I really found my comfort level and where I think I can contribute the most at the municipal level,” he said.

Catch the full interview on CBC Television starting at 5 p.m. ET.