Seventeen names will appear on the ballot of the residents of Orleans. The high number of candidates is one of the issues that will face the aspiring town councillors by the day of the vote on October 22.
“It is important that the candidates are working hard to make hear their message. If you look at the signs which are displayed for example, we see that there is a group of five, six that are ahead of the other. It will be interesting to see who will arrive first at the end of the race, ” says the adviser to the outgoing Bob Monette, who is not seeking a fifth term in the district of Orleans.
This is the first time that so many individuals lead the fight in this area on the east side of the city. The latest achievement dates back to the election in 2006, while eight persons were presented. The record at the scale of the municipality returns to the ballot in 2010 with 20 candidates at the town hall.
Mr. Monette, who was elected for the first time, in Orléans in 2006, sees with a good eye that there was as much interest to represent the citizens of the area. According to him, the 17 candidates will bring several new ideas. Although the percentage of the vote is likely to be weak, Mr. Monette believes that it is part of democracy.
“I respect democracy, he argues. At the end of the race, the person who shall have one vote more than the other will be the winner. “
The counselor has met with each candidate at least once since the beginning of the election campaign. Two of them have announced that they will not campaign after the end of the nomination period, either Doug Fletmate and Louise Are.
The alderman had promised that he would remain neutral during the election campaign and that it did not support a particular candidate. He admits to having favorites, without giving more details.
Those aspiring to be elected are many to speak the language of Molière. Among the twelve who responded to questions sent by The Right, nine say they are bilingual, both say they can get by in French while another promises that it will follow of course.
Rick Bedard is of the opinion that French should be more likely to sit around the board table.
“There are only four advisors francophones who sit on the municipal council so that the City is now officially bilingual,” he recalls. Therefore, it is essential to elect a councillor whose mother tongue is French in order to represent the francophone culture in our city. “
The high number of candidates does not scare the majority of aspiring elected officials.
“One of the positive aspects is the awareness of a lot more large at the municipal election in the public domain, believes Jarrod Goldsmith. With most of the candidates who solicit and actively involve the community, the rate of voter participation might be higher than in previous elections. “
For her part, Catherine Kitts account to take advantage of the low participation of women and young people involved in politics to stand out.
“There is a lack of women at the Ottawa city council and young people involved in municipal politics. I am part of two groups, ” she says. I am also educated and I have good knowledge about the stakes of Orleans. As a former editor of the Orléans Star and ex-Express journalist Ottawa, I have investigated the issues that relate to the population of the east of the city daily. “
For his part, Diego Elizondo put on a ” clean countryside “. He reiterates that he does not use sign election plastic and it moves only to the edge of the OC Transpo bus. In addition, it does not accept funding from sponsors and contractors. “In the event of my election, I will have total freedom to make decisions in the best interests of Orleans, without fear of the pressures of the business world,” said Mr. Elizondo.