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(Posted 10:30 a.m., Aug. 25)
City names St. Joseph bridge after former Glouester mayor
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The City of Ottawa has decided to name the St. Joseph Blvd. bridge over Green's Creek in honour of former Gloucester mayor Harry Allen. File photo


One of the most controversial mayors in Gloucester's history now has a bridge named after him.

Harry Allen served as the Mayor of Gloucester for two terms from 1985 to 1991, but it was during his second term in office that he came under fire for raising the property tax rate a whopping 30 per cent.

Allen received several death threats leading up to the tax hike, forcing him to wear a bullet proof vest at council. The controversial tax increase eventually led to his demise in the 1991 municipal election when he was defeated by rival Claudette Cain.

The irony is that the tax hike allowed his successor to maintain spending while either freezing taxes, or passing modest tax cuts.

The tax hike issue aside, Allen oversaw a number of forward thinking initiatives duing his tenure as mayor including the Rockcliffe Parkway realignment and the widening of the St. Joseph Bridge over Green's Creek.

It is that bridge which now bears his name.

Allen's contributions to the former City of Gloucester were recognized in a press release by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Innes Ward Coun. Rainer Bloess.

“Starting with his community projects in Beacon Hill through to his time as Mayor of Gloucester, Harry Allan always kept residents’ best interests at heart,” said Mayor Watson. “It is a great pleasure to recognize Harry Allen’s contributions and legacy.”

“Harry Allen’s contributions to the former City of Gloucester continue to benefit the residents of Ottawa,” said Councillor Bloess. “We are pleased to provide this honour and recognition for his foresight and his many years of public service.”

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