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(Posted 9:30 a.m., Feb. 26)
Monette lays out plans for next four years during campaign kickoff

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orleans Ward Coun. Bob Monette addresses supporters at his official caampaign kickoff for the 2014 municipal election at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School last night. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Bob Monette still has some unfinished business to take of, along with several new initiatives he wants to take on, during his third and likely last term in office.

Speaking in front of 150 loyal supporters at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School last night, Monette kicked off his election campaign flanked by eight large signs listing his many accomplishments.

The Orléans Ward councillor opened his speech by first explaining why he's running for again after previously stating that he would only serve for two terms.

"When I first got elected to Ottawa council I thought that after two terms it might become stale -- no new ideas no new initiatives -- but what I found, especially during the past year, is that more and more initiatives have come forward and more and more needs to be done," said Monette before listing many of those initiatives such as Brigil's massive Petrie Island III mixed use development that will create over 300,000 sq. ft. of office space and 2,100 jobs.

"This is going to bring us 22 storeys of employment. If you build it they will come, that is what we're going to do in Orléans and more will come. On top of that, we're looking at a 300 person convention hall.

"When people ask me 'Why are you running?', I want to ensure this project moves forward. I want to be the councillor, the one who started it, to be there to see it finished."

Two other projects Monette wants to see to fruition are the Ottawa River Action Plan, which will completely eliminate sewage outflows into the Ottawa River, and the LRT extension from Blair Road to Place d'Orléans which he helped to get included in the city's revised Master Transportation Plan.

"City councillor and the mayor, it was unanimous, approved light rail Phase II, a $3 billion project, and the first suburban community to get it will be Orléans," said Monette, while promising to try and get a commitment to further extend light rail from Place d'Orléans to Trim Road during his next term in office.

As for the Ottawa River Action Plan, Monette said he wants to take a lead role with Mayor Jim Watson in getting the necessary funding from the federal and provincial governments to build a large underground storage system for stormwater runoff so that it's not mixed with sanitary sewage and needlessly dumped into the Ottawa River.

Looking forward Monette wants to increase the capacity of the east end's park-and-ride lots. He also wants to convert the existing bus lanes on Hwy. 174 to High Occupancy Vehicle lanes once the light rail line is built, and build a pedestrian overpass over Hwy. 174 at Trim Road to improve access to Petrie Landing and Petrie Island.

Other initiatives include improving access to Petrie Island through the creation of a dedicated bus route between the Trim Road park-and-ride lot and the beach; making St. Joseph Blvd. more pedestrian and cyclist friendly; and reestablishing Neighbourhood Watch programs in the ward. He also wants to make sure Orléans is included in the 150th anniversary celebration of Confederation in 2017.

At one point Monette had to pause to collect his emotions, while explaining why he's running again.

"I love the job, I love working with the community, I love to be able to make the community a better place to live. As for do I have the community's support to run well I rest my case her tonight," Monette said referring to the size of the crowd in the auditorium and the number of endorsements he's received.

"We have more endorsements on day one of the election campaign this time around than I did on election day in 2010. And it's endorsements like these that made me believe that I should go one more term."

A number of community leaders addressed the room leading up to Monette's speech including Cardinal Creek Community Association president Sean Crossan; Ontario general manager for Brigil, Martin Chenier; former city clerk Pierre Pagé; Interprovincial Crossings opponent and community activist Louis Caron; and Ace Body Shop owner Lionel Laurin who didn't mince his words in explaining why he's been a long-time supporter of the veteran politician.

"He doesn't take no for an answer and he gets the job done," said Laurin.

Monette is the only person to so far throw his hat into the ring. In 2010, he had three challengers and still won by 6,000 votes.

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