Clive Doucet presents himself as the candidate of the opposition. He wants to ensure a debate of ideas during the campaign for mayor of Ottawa.
“I had no interest in actually to ask my application, but it all became very clear at the last minute that there was no other person. I had the impression that I would have been a coward if I had not been ready to give at least two or three months of my life [to campaign]. It becomes a bit more difficult if I win, but I’m glad I made the decision, ” Mr. Doucet in the interview editorial with The Right.
It is submitted to the bureau of elections 1: 30 p.m. before the end of the nomination period. According to him, the municipality is poorly managed and he wants to avoid a coronation of Jim Watson, the outgoing mayor.
Ottawans will have to choose among 12 candidates to represent them at the head of the City. “No other person has experience at the municipal level,” notes the septuagenarian, who had presented to the city council in the 2010 elections. He had harvested 14 percent of the vote, behind Larry O’brien (24 %) and Jim Watson (48 %).
Lack of transparency
The former city councillor is accusing the outgoing mayor of lacking transparency and not to listen to the community.
He described Mr. Watson as a career politician who ” greenhouse many hands “.
“When I see it from afar, I see a gradual change, but constant in his character, the illustrious Mr. Doucet. He keeps his smile and shakes hands, but more and more records become managed by the promoters and other interests that those of the community and I don’t know why. “
The one who was represented citizens of the district Capital from 1997 to 2010 gives as example the case of the mega-shelter of the Salvation Army, which must be built in the quartier Vanier, and changes in zoning regulations for projects on the side of Westboro, among others.
“We make consultations, we check the box, but we don’t listen. I see it everywhere. It is said that the City wants to know what you think. This is ridiculous ! If you want to know, follow along with the action, lamented the fact that Clive Doucet. How can we rely on an economy that is equal and fair for the community and the proponent if the town hall can change everything in a snap of the fingers ? “
Towards a change of culture
Clive Doucet argues for a wind of change if it came to power on October 22nd.
The City should consider a vision “very very different” in terms of public transport, the ratio between the francophones and the anglophones, and in regards to the shortage of affordable housing.
“Ottawa needs a change of culture. A change in his vision and in the way to move the City, ” thinks the aspiring mayor.
In terms of affordable housing, the municipality must do more to address the shortage.
Clive Doucet points the finger at the problem from the side of Heron Gate, where the sponsor has evicted the tenants in order to build homes more modern.
“If I were mayor now, I would say to the promoter that he would not receive an increase in zoning. We would not benefit from the expulsion of ordinary people, he argues. Now city hall is ready to give a gift almost birthday to throw people out. Me I would stop it immediately. “
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The province of Ontario has recognized the bilingual character of the City of Ottawa last December. Nearly 10 months after the adoption of the draft law, “nothing has changed,” observes the candidate at the town hall.
Mr. Doucet believes that it is necessary to push the francophone culture more vigorously on the side of the City. He gives the example of the different festivals where artists perform on stage. According to him, the francophone culture would be advantageous to integrate the events English.
He concedes that the challenges are immense for changing habits. “This is not something that is done in four years, but we can start,” he said.
As to the employees of senior management who follow less than an average of 20 hours per year of language training in French, Mr. Doucet sees a lack of political will.
“I prefer to speak French poorly, that does not speak. This desire to have everything perfect, it is a bit of a bottleneck, ” says the acadian in origin.
According to him, the project of light rail transit (LRT) develops in the wrong direction. The Line of the Confederation should enter service at the beginning of the year 2019, after two delays in the initial timetable. Clive Doucet would like to see the City provide more details to explain the delay.
It offers a regional train from the capital to connect the four corners of the region by 2022.
He believes that the city should have four levels of public transit to the points of distance, a light rail for the inner city, buses to the suburban and community buses.
The former city councillor is not at all clear why the bridge Prince of Wales has been relayed by the wayside in recent years. According to him, the light rail must cross a rail link to connect Ottawa and Gatineau,
“Bob Chiarelli and I had purchased the bridge for $ 10 million, 15 years ago,” he recalls. In that time, it cost$ 4 Million to renovate it and now it is$ 40 Million. He [Jim Watson] has left the possibility of connection with Gatineau rot for 15 years, this is ridiculous. “
The aspiring mayor is concerned that the redevelopment of LeBreton flats looks at Lansdowne park.
“The lack of transparency and lack of accountability for the public finances, it scares me. It reminds me of Lansdowne. It tells the same story, that it will not cost a penny for the City, ” says Mr. Doucet.
The candidate for mayor of Ottawa does not object to the construction of a new arena on LeBreton flats, just as it does not criticize the new stadium at the site TD. He voted against the massive construction of condos in these developments. “I have a problem with the rest. We are going to lose all this great public square, why ? ” asks he.
Clive Doucet insists on the importance of consultation with the population to ensure sustainability.
Interview by Sylvie Branch