Orleans Star interview
Candidate: Craig MacAulay, OCT
Education: two university degrees, the school of hard knocks
Occupation: FREE bike-taxi pilot, retired teacher, pundit
# of Children: 2 (ages 31, 34)
1. How will your past experience make you an effective city councillor?
An effective councillor provides good value to the long-suffering taxpayer. Being a City of Ottawa politician should be an honour and a sacred responsibility rather than a way to accumulate personal wealth and power. I will work at City Hall FOR FREE until the REAL election in 2022. Now that’s value!
If elected I will put the $210K salary, the $500K office-budget slush fund, the $12K car allowance, the overly generous benefits and all the other perks of power into a BIG POT that will be spent democratically and transparently IN CUMBERLAND WARD.
So NO money for me and NO personal power either. ALL political decisions will be decided upon by the people of Cumberland ward, not by me. And certainly not by the developers who finance the mayor and some of the other candidates in this by-election.
2. Please list the extent of your volunteer activities.
- ten years of piloting the Bells Corners FREE Bike-taxi
- community association president, rink operator, building manager, bike coop treasurer, community activist, blogger, journalist, anti-politician
3. What is your position on whether or not the rural part of the ward should be merged with Osgoode Ward?
Ward boundaries should NOT be decided by gerrymandering politicians. Hopefully the voters of Osgoode will pay attention to this important issue (and many others) as the campaign grinds on.
Most insiders expect voter turnout to be less than 20%. Quelle honte! We candidates need to stir up some interest in this obscenely expensive fake election where the result seems sadly predictable.
- Electoral reform via ranked-choice voting and limits on the power of big money.
- A sustainable, just and prosperous economy.
- More transparency and less corruption at City Hall.
Politicians should NOT be financed by the developers, contractors and consultants who benefit from council’s decisions.
Elections must be fair to be legitimate.
Old promises but still good:
Citizen questionaire (all candidates)
I’m running as an anti-politician on a ZERO-means-ZERO-means-ZERO platform. My first promise is I will spend ZERO money on my campaign and I will accept ZERO salary/pension/perks once elected.
That’s a savings of $500,000 annually for the taxpayer.
I’m taking over where Earl McRae of the Ottawa Sun left off.
Some may consider my campaign a big joke (myself included), but I have some VERY serious points to make, especially on electoral reform:
1) councillors should NOT accept donations from land speculators, developers, contractors and other big businesses that profit from council decisions.
3) community associations should be transparent, accountable and NOT used for personal financial gain (and certainly NOT creations of the councillor!)
Corruption and bullying is BAD, even when done by elected officials and high-ranking City bureaucrats.
I will make a detailed case that Rick Chiarelli has blundered badly, has NOT told the truth, has wasted TONS of tax dollars, and does NOT deserve re-election.
Stay tuned for more electoral promises!
Craig MacAulay, OCT (30 years in the trenches)
pilot, Bells Corners FREE Bike-taxi
outdoor rink operator/past president, LVCA
proud member, Citizens for Safe Cycling
Famous quotes: “I am NOT a politician.” “There IS such a thing as a free lunch.” “Want a ride? It’s free.”
College Ward 8 race
Here are a few more promises in response to a request from the Ottawa Food Policy Council:
I PROMISE to actively engage with the community on decisions related to food at the municipal level.
I PROMISE to ensure a food lens will be used in City planning to assess equitable access to Good Food in all relevant growth, environment, and development plans.
I PROMISE to consider neighbourhood access to Good Food in all new development applications, zoning and by-law amendments, and social services/community planning.
I PROMISE to champion sustained funding for initiatives that ensure Good Food exists for all, economic development focused on food and farming, and the use of a Good Food lens for planning and policies.
But before committing any tax dollars to these excellent initiatives I would have to make sure that the residents of College Ward agree.
Don’t you LOVE community gardens?
This is at Bayshore – wish we had something similar in Bells Corners.
I support http://ottawa.ihollaback.org/
What about YOU?
Ottawa votes: College ward candidates answer our questions