Coun­cil Lean, mean, ma­chine

East end coun­cil­lors mostly in sup­port of smaller city coun­cil

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Cather­ine Kitts

Fif­teen coun­cil­lors voted against the mo­tion, while nine were in favour. Of the east end coun­cil­lors Blais, Monette and Innes Ward Coun­cil­lor Rainer Bloess sup­ported it. Only Bea­con Hill-Cyrville Coun­cil­lor Tim Tier­ney was op­posed.

By elim­i­nat­ing six coun­cil­lors, it would put the city’s coun­cil­lor to res­i­dent ra­tio at about 1:54,000, which is still sig­nif­i­cantly lower than many other large Cana­dian cities, ex­plains Blais. Toronto sits at about 1:62,000, while Cal­gary’s is even higher at 1:78,000.

Monette has one of the most pop­u­lated wards in Ot­tawa, be­ing the voice for over 50,000 res­i­dents, while Blais’ Cum­ber­land Ward only in­cludes 42,000.

"We have the same of­fice bud­get and we get paid the same salary. You can see that there’s a level of un­fair­ness there," said Blais.

"If you look at MP’s and MPP’s their regions are all of Or­léans," added Monette. "We are prob­a­bly over-pop­u­lated with politi­cians in Ot­tawa."

An­other term for Monette?

At the coun­cil meet­ing, Monette also an­nounced that he is un­de­cided whether he will run for a third term. "I’ve al­ways said that two terms is the right amount for a coun­cil­lor," he said. "I felt like there was a large chance of get­ting stale and un­mo­ti­vated, but I ac­tu­ally feel the com­plete op­po­site."

Monette ex­plains that with the new coun­cil and the di­rec­tion it’s headed in, he’s feel­ing in­vig­o­rated and would like to see big projects, like light rail and se­cur­ing em­ploy­ment for Or­léans, through to fruition.

"I haven’t made my final decision yet, it will be some­thing be­tween my­self and my wife."

Monette said he will an­nounce his decision by late 2013, or early 2014.

The next mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion for Oc­to­ber 2014.

is sched­uled

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