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YOUR 2018 COUNCIL CANDIDATES
The year of the re-elected incumbents and council numbers do not change
If the election proved anything , the progressives, with a lot of help from the provincial branch of the NDP remain in the majority for another four years.
It is the first time in memory that there has been such overt support coming from a provincial political party in our civic election. Obviously we will have to wait until the candidates file their election financial statements to see how the NDP contribution was reported, in cash or in kind.
That victory of the six incumbents plus Ward 6 Councillor Mark MacKinnon secured the majority for the progressives.
Now Mark MacKinnon is a councillor who holds the swing vote as he has supported the progressives on many issues in the past four years. It will be interesting to see if Mayor Guthrie is able to lure him to support his agenda.
You will recall that what Former Mayor Karen Farbridge did when she persuaded rookie Councillor Todd Dennis to her team in 2010. She needed that vote. His reward was being named to the Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. board of directors. He joined Councillors June Hofland, Karl Wettstein and Lise Burcher on the GMHI board.
June Hofland is the only remaining councillor who served for four years on the GMHI board.
Today, the total loss of public money on that GMHI experience will probably never be known although in 2016 it was reported to be $17 million and rising.
Mayor Guthrie made a number of promises during the campaign including spending more on policing of the city, the Baker Street $350 million renovation project partnering with an Ottawa development firm. Piggy backing on that proposal was the promise that a new downtown library will be the key component of the project.
He also promised that in his first term shovels will go in the ground to build the $63 million South End Recreation Centre. More than $3.3 million has already been spent on that projects for planning and design.
During the recent campaign, the current cost of ongoing projects was never discussed. These include the Wilson Street parking garage, the Guelph police headquarters renovation, the Victor Davis east end renovation. and the Innovation Guelph satellite city project to be developed on the 1.077-acre Reformatory lands owned by the province.
These are just some of the challenges facing the new council.
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