Council Lean, mean, machine
East end councillors mostly in support of smaller city council
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.