From the desk of Darren W. Wood, mayoral candidate in the Oct. 27 city election.
In sum, if Wood wins and doesn’t get council during the first meeting of the term to 1) Return weekly trash pickup 2) Cancel the Orgaworld contract and 3) Ban closed-door meetings, he’ll quit right there and then.
Here’s Wood’s promise to us. Comment as you will.
Raising the Bar for Candidates:
I have decided that since most everyone is making the same promises this election cycle in Ottawa, there should be a way to determine who is serious about their platform and who is doing the traditional blowing of smoke up the voters butts.
In order to set myself apart and show the taxpayers of Ottawa that I am serious about implementing change, I have pledged on my twitter account to my followers and now openly to the media that I will see three promises carried out during my very first council meeting as Mayor of Ottawa. These issues have been expressed to me as being important when I talk to people on the street, in coffee shops and in grocery stores. These are the items I am told by the voters I have talk to so far, that they would like to see done, sooner rather than later.
1) Actually get Council to Restore Weekly Garbage Pick Up
2) Get Council to pass a motion instructing staff to get taxpayers out out of the Green Bin Contract
3) Pass a “Transparency Act” or get council to agree to the idea of staff putting together such an act making behind closed doors essentially illegal in city hall (with the the exception where any provincial or federal law dictacts certain items must be discussed behind closed doors – apparently there are some instances). The purpose of this act would be to give the voter more over sight into how city hall is spending their money and the ability to hold staff and Councillors alike accountable in real time and not just every fours years.
My guarantee to taxpayers….
If I fail to not only put these issues before council during our very first meeting, but also fail to get these three items to pass a council vote, then I will resign my seat as mayor.
Now I was told by a twitter follower that others, including former Mayor O’Brien had promised the same thing. So let me be perfectly clear there is no misunderstandings. I will not promise to resign at the end of the first term…. If I don’t carry out the three items listed above successfully at the very first council meeting, I will resign at the close of that meeting.
I think we have reached a point in Ottawa politics where it is time for politicians to offer a real guarantee to voters and not just ask them to take our word that we will keep our promises.
My opponents can call it grand standing, and some whiners will call it a publicity stunt, but what I call it is a guarantee. Something I would challenge any other candidate to do. Put your money (or your job in this case) where your mouth is. Give the people the things they are asking for most (and realistic requests at that) at your first official council meeting or leave your elected office.
I don’t expect any other candidates to follow my lead because I do not believe any of my competitors have the confidence in themselves or their platforms to get such a bold goal accomplished.
For those in the media stuck for an angle for this story, how about calling it what it really is, a candidate doing something that few before him have done, backing up his platforms to the people with more than empty campaign promises.
Darren W. Wood
Candidate for Mayor of Ottawa
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