By-election best way to fill Council vacancy in Kanata North

By-election best way to fill Council vacancy in Kanata North
Posted on September 27, 2021 | Alex Cullen | Written on September 27, 2021
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Author's Note:

Author's Note:

Kanata Councillor Jenna Sudds recently won election gto the House of Commons as an MP and has resigned her seat on Ottawa City Council. City Council now must fill her seat and has 2 options: appoinment or holding a by-election. Previous vacancies have been filled by by-elections, but there is politics here, as people are lobbying to be appointed. Should a clique on City Council choose for Kanata North residents who their representative should be? Or should it be the residents of Kanata North?

Dear Editor (Ottawa Citizen):

With the resignation of Kanata North Councillor Jenna Sudds upon her election to Parliament, City Council must fill her seat and can do so by appointment or by holding a byelection. The better choice would be to let the residents of Kanata North choose their representative, rather than have a clique on City Council choose for them.

Already the campaign is on for an appointment, cutting out any discussion by Kanata North residents. How can they quiz applicants on their position on taxes, LRT, free transit, intensification, snow plowing standards, defunding police, and other issues important to residents?

Council has precedents for holding byelections to fill vacancies, even at this stage of Council's term. Important decisions remain to be made by City Council. Kanata North residents deserve to choose their own representative, not accept someone else's choice. 

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Former OBE Trustee (1982-88), Ottawa City Councillor (1991-94), RMOC Councillor (1991-97), MPP Ottawa West (1997-99), Ottawa City Councillor (2000-2010). Economist, former Policy Analyst NHW (1982-91), former... More