Coun­cil vet­eran Chabot ready for new ad­ven­ture

Week­end, October 27-29, 2017 Ex-coun­cil­lor looks back on last 13 years, may­oral bid

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For the first time in 13 years, An­dre Chabot’s mind isn’t bur­dened with the thoughts of what needs at­tend­ing to in his ward.

“Even when I’m spend­ing time with the kids — my brain is still go­ing 100 miles an hour think­ing about my du­ties as a coun­cil­lor.”

Chabot was the third-place fin­isher in one of the most di­vi­sive mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions cam­paigns the city has seen in years.

Speak­ing to Metro on elec­tion night, Chabot was up­set, and said he had thought Cal­gar­i­ans “would fight for what’s right.”

With more than a week to re­flect since the loss, he says he was caught up in the heat of the mo­ment, com­par­ing it to the min­utes af­ter los­ing a hockey game. (He still plays beer-league hockey in the win­ter.)

“In hind­sight, I’m very thank­ful and ap­pre­cia­tive of those 11-plus thou­sand peo­ple who sup­ported me, and the sup­port from res­i­dents of Ward 10 in the past 13 years,” he said.

In the city’s move to re­draw ward bound­aries and re­bal­ance ward pop­u­la­tions be­fore the elec­tion, Chabot’s ward was the hard­est hit. Ward 5 Coun. Ray Jones chose to run in the new Ward 10, and since it en­com­passed much of his old ward, Chabot made the de­ci­sion to run for mayor.

Although he could say he had more coun­cil ex­pe­ri­ence than the in­cum­bent or sec­ond place fin­isher, Bill Smith, Chabot’s cam­paign didn’t take off like he had hoped.

Look­ing back at his time as coun­cil­lor, he said he’s prob­a­bly most proud of the thou­sands of lit­tle things he at­tended to as calls came in to his of­fice.

There were a lot of de­fi­cien­cies — small mun­dane things,” said Chabot. “Cross­walk lights here, curb cuts there.”

The one ma­jor project that does stand out in his mind is the re­de­vel­op­ment of In­ter­na­tional Av­enue — a project that’s now well un­der­way.

Chabot’s now wind­ing down what was his eighth mu­nic­i­pal cam­paign — col­lect­ing signs to put them into stor­age, and ty­ing up loose ends.

He’s not sure where to go from here, but he said he’s al­ready had a few calls he needs to fol­low up on.

“I’ve got a wealth of knowl­edge,” said Chabot. “The ques­tion is — what do I do with that knowl­edge? At this point — all op­tions are open.”

He said he’s open to a provin­cial or a fed­eral run, or pos­si­bly tak­ing his skills to the pri­vate sec­tor.

It’s time he’s now glad to have back.

“I’ve missed so many birth­days over the years,” he said. “It will be nice to at­tend all of the birth­days — and not worry so much about what I’m fall­ing be­hind on at work.”

it will be nice to at­tend all of the birth­days — and not worry so much about what i’m fall­ing be­hind on at work.

An­dre Chabot

Jen­nifer friesen/for MeTro

An­dre chabot

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