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Leadership – it’s vital

After watching the municipal campaigns in Ottawa unfold thus far, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the defining issue is leadership.

Pro green bin or not (I pity the fools!), love Phase 2 of the LRT or scrap it, raise taxes, lower them or keep them the same, what really sets out one candidate from another are the leadership skills that each one brings to the table.

To give a glimpse of what we will see tonight in the already-recorded Alta Vista debate, the Citizen summed up the highlights. A piece of the text caught my eye:

That is not leadership,” he (Jean Cloutier) said. “I have been working in the community for 20 years.”

Bingo. Game, set and match. Candidates like Mr. Cloutier have taken the leadership reins in the community and have guided good policies, initiatives and programs. They have set an example in the community by leading and have inspired others (like yours truly) to do likewise.

Other candidates, as sincere as they are, as knowledgable as they may be, simply cannot wear the leadership mantle that candidates like Mr. Cloutier can lay claim to.

There are other candidates in other Wards – incumbents and newbies – who have demonstrated the same commitment to be leaders. Riley Brockington in River Ward, Martin Canning in Somerset, Fleury in Rideau-Vanier and Hobbs in Kitchissippi are all leaders in their own right.

For Alta Vista to continue to have strong leadership in the community and at the Council table, Mr. Cloutier can be the only choice.


Aaaannnnd… they’re off!

Municipal election season opened in Ontario today and there will certainly be some interesting races in O Dot.

Jeff Leiper will be a strong challenger to Katherine Hobbs in Kitchissippi Ward.  The Centretown CA prez says he’s challenging Diane Holmes.

No challengers for the Mayor’s seat yet and no one challenging Peter Hume in my Ward of Alta Vista.

Ah. For political junkies like me, there are the best of times…


E Day à Montréal!

Thinking of my bro-in-law this afternoon as the polls close in about 5 hours across Quebec.

It’s municipal election time and Steve Shanahan will make a GREAT city Councillor! As well, Mélanie Joly will make an awesome Mayor!

What a nice change from old white guys that will be.

My wife just left Ottawa to join Steve and the team for what will sure-to-be a VICTORY party tonight. I wish I could be there with them but (sigh) have an early morning meeting that I couldn’t get out of….

Bonne chance!!!


Interest building in municipal elections

Well, less than 4 weeks to go and the real politicking has begun in Ontario’s election contests. I am, of course, closely following the ones here in O-town, but I also watching the showdown in the Big Smoke. Right now it’s looks like a two man race between Etobicoke Councillor Rob Ford and ex-Grit cabinet Minister George Smitherman. What I don’t understand is WHY O WHY would support this guy Ford???? He is T-dot’s version of mayorlarry! Wake up Land of the Leafs!

Ahem. Now that I have that off my chest, back to ByTown…

A few things have caught my eye with 4 weeks to go:

1) How did a ringroad become an election issue? It wasn’t even on the radar two weeks ago and now it is a major story. I’ll tell ya how: Larry O’s team – even with the turnover we are seeing – are a smart buncha cookies. They saw an opening to at least partially redefine the campaign and they have succeeded. Now to see if the other main candidates can get back on theme.

2) Some Ottawans are getting tired of the “Larry and Jim” show. I wonder if Doucet and the others see this.

3) Word on the street is that Council incumbents are at risk in at least 7 Wards, maybe more. Not to get too much into details, but there has been a bit of a sense of franticness in some of the incumbents messages. Maybe they can afford private polling and don’t like what they see.

(Trashy can’t afford private polling).

4) I’m waiting for the bus strike to emerge as a key issue. Something I hear quite often is that transit users (there are thousands) of us are dying for a chance to punish Council for it’s perceived inaction during the strike. This is also why I believe that this City will not return the Chains of office to mayorlarry. Voters cannot vote out the ATU, but they sure can vote out the Council.

What, in your opinion, has been the biggest issue/nonissue/surprise thus far?