Rural Ottawa accounts for 80% of Ottawa, with only 20% of the voting pop.
I guess it is easy to understand the challenges that our 4 Rural Councillors face downtown at City Hall.
It is also easy to understand how Rural Ottawa vacillates between feeling overlooked to simply just wanting to be left alone.
As a rural resident who ran in the 2014 Ottawa Municipal Election, I can attest to this dissatisfaction. I personally knocked on hundreds of doors and engaged residents about what was on their collective minds.
My promise for stout rural representation garnered 36% of the vote in a 5 horse race against a 3-term incumbent — who was also the Deputy Mayor at the time.
And this dissatisfaction continues as the so called “Rain Water Tax,” which politicians would rather call the “Storm Water Fee,” stands to blow up in their faces.
They are feeling as though they’ve been led down the garden path, and heading into an Election Year next year, they may be left feeling a little exposed.
Although it is important for these 4 Councillors to broker motions and bylaws with their urban counterparts, it is also important to stand up and be heard for the constituents they represent.
Here is my discussion on this topic with one of the 4 Rural Reps; Osgoode City Councillor, George Darouze: