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- April 18, 2018 at 9:04 PM #748802
Former police chief and now Senator Vern White has been very seriously considering running for mayor.
Here is how he wins.
Mayor Jim Watson is weak in the rural areas and probably the suburbs if the Conservative senator runs.
The French community is furious with Watson for being so stubborn on bilingualism at the city and because of the location of the Montreal Road homeless shelter
Watson is strong downtown. So if someone on the left runs, say a Diane Holmes or Clive Doucet or Diane Deans, there goes the mayor’s last bastion of strength.
White defeats Watson in a walk under these circumstances. And White is the perfect candidate to discuss gun violence, a major Watson weakness.
Get used to saying Mayor Vern White.
kgrayApril 18, 2018 at 10:37 PM #748805
Patrick UguccioniApril 18, 2018 at 10:38 PM #748807
But why would Diane Deans run for mayor, especially if, as you say, Vern White would win? If she runs and loses her bid for the mayoralty then she loses her seat on council too doesn’t she? If so, where’s her incentive? She’s one of the councillors who does a good job at city hall in my opinion and it would be unfortunate to lose her.April 18, 2018 at 10:40 PM #748812April 18, 2018 at 10:42 PM #748813April 19, 2018 at 12:01 PM #748833
Senator Vern White cannot run in the municipal election unless he resigns his seat as a Conservative senator, and if he resigned his seat as a senator the Conservative Party of Canada would no longer support him.
Furthermore, Diane Deans must resign her seat as a riding council politician to run as a mayoral candidate, and if she fails to win, she would be out of council entirely.
Neither Vern White or Diane Deans will run for mayor.
RWApril 20, 2018 at 7:00 AM #748934
Deans doesn’t have to resign her Council seat to run as a mayoral candidate. It means that if she loses, she will be off Council in the next term.
Does anyone know – Pierre Page? – if you can simultaneously run for two positions on the same Council? Can you run for mayor and ward councillor? I know that in the US, you can be in the running for two positions at once. In 2012, Paul Ryan ran for Vice-President and Congressman – he won the Congress seat but not the V-P position. Technically I suppose that, since his success in the run for V-P depended on Mitch Romney being elected President, he wasn’t running directly for the position.
Does a Senator have to resign to run in an election or does he just have to resign if he wins? The province passed legislation to force you to choose one level of elected government position after Claude Bennett tried to retain his city seat when he was elected to the legislature but I think it applies only after you win the second election, not while you’re campaigning.April 20, 2018 at 6:42 PM #749025