9:30 a.m., Feb. 26)
Monette lays out plans for next four years during campaign
By Fred Sherwin
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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
one point Monette had to pause to collect his emotions,
while explaining why he's running again.
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.
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."
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.
doesn't take no for an answer and he gets the job done,"
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
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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