Ottawa councilor Scott Moffatt will not seek re-election in 2022

He was first elected in the rural ward of Rideau-Goulbourn in 2010.

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Veteran city councilor Scott Moffatt has announced he will not seek re-election in his Rideau-Goulbourn ward in 2022.

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The councilor was first elected in the rural ward in 2010.

“Today is November 13th, which is exactly 15 years before the date of my first election in 2006. I was 25. I lost. Politically, it was the best thing that ever happened to me, ”Moffatt noted Saturday in a long Twitter thread announcing his decision.

“Losing in 2006 made me understand what I really wanted and also how to achieve it. It made me a better candidate in 2010 and, ultimately, a better advisor than I would have been if I had won then.

“However it probably wasn’t so obvious the next day.”

Recently, Moffatt was elected co-chair of the city’s key planning committee, with Stittsville Coun. Glen Gower, post Coun. Jan Harder retired after an integrity investigation that claimed an “apparent conflict of interest” stemming from her relationship with an area programmer.

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As his term of office was coming to an end, Moffatt faced opposition to his call to change the name of Rideau-Goulbourn ward, even though he had been trying to convince voters for more than a year that it was out of touch to have the name of a slave owner attached to. urban constituency.

The city changed the ward name to Rideau-Jock, recognizing the names of the rivers that run through the area, effective with the next municipal election.

It was one of six hospital names that staff recommended changing for the 2022 election after Ottawa city council and the Ontario Land Court authorized boundary changes to more evenly distribute populations across 24 wards.

Moffatt began researching Goulbourn by making podcasts exploring the history of the area and quickly discovered that Henry Goulbourn, British Deputy Secretary of State, was a slave owner and, as Moffatt described items, “the absent owner of one of the best known plantations in Jamaica.” who later lost an election in 1826 because voters learned he owned slaves, even after Britain abolished the slave trade in 1807.

Moffatt said there was no deep justification for Goulbourn’s name to be selected as the name of Goulbourn Township in 1818. It was just the name of one of the dignitaries at the time, he said.

Ottawa’s next municipal election is scheduled for Monday, October 24, 2022.

With files by Jon Willing

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