Ottawa 2018 mayoral candidates we’d like to see


We would like to see former governor general David Johnston run for mayor, but accept that he probably will not. (Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2017)

As speculation swirls around who’s running for city council in the upcoming Ottawa municipal election this fall, some notable names have been thrown around as potential mayoral candidates.

Some widely-disseminated suggestions of challengers to Mayor Jim Watson, who is running again, have included former police chief and Senator Vern White, Coun. Diane Deans, Coun. Rick Chiarelli and former MP Paul Dewar.

None of them have ruled it out — although Dewar said he was diagnosed with brain cancer in February.

But there are so many other eligible candidates, although they haven’t said they’re considering a bid (and most likely are not!)

We would like to see…

  • Mark Sutcliffe.
  • Algonquin College president Cheryl Jensen.
  • Former governor general David Johnston.
  • Catherine McKenna, federal minister of the environment and climate change.
  • Farm Boy CEO Jeff York.

Kinda in-between

  • Stuntman Stu.
  • Peter Mansbridge.

And just for fun…

  • Henry Burris.
  • Eugene Melnyk.
  • Kathleen Wynne
  • Hillary Clinton.
  • Dan Aykroyd (did you know he was born in Ottawa?)
  • Tom Cruise (not born here, but spent some of his youth in Beacon Hill).

OttawaStart Staff


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