McKenney For Mayor Campaign Kick-off

On June 14, 2022, City Councillor Catherine McKenney officially launched their campaign for Mayor of Ottawa and shared their vision for the “greenest, healthiest and most connected city in Canada.”

“Today, we launch a movement – a movement of change. A movement that gives your city back to you,“ said McKenney in their opening speech.

McKenney shared some of their priorities with supporters gathered at Parlour in Wellington West — calling for a greener city with more trees and inclusive parks, where serious climate action is at the centre of every discussion at City Hall. They want to make transit affordable and dependable across the city and called for better planning for Ottawa’s neighbourhoods so walking and biking are safe and convenient, and no one struggles to move about their city year-round.

Catherine McKenney, who proudly served as a two-term councillor for Somerset Ward, has shown leadership time and again.

They challenged the convoy occupiers and called for faster action to end the occupation. They made the environment part of every discussion at City Hall. They brought in new housing to build stronger communities and reduce homelessness. McKenney worked to introduce electric buses, improve transit and make walking and cycling safer. And they fought for accountability, transparency and stronger democracy at City Hall.

McKenney has roots in both Ottawa’s downtown and the suburbs, having lived in Kanata and worked for former Councillor Alex Munter. They also worked as a Strategic Advisor to the Deputy City Manager. An avid community volunteer, cyclist and runner, they live in West Centretown with their wife and daughter.

"And as we come out of the pandemic, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in things that matter — and emerge even stronger," they said. “This is Our City. And I want to be Your Mayor. Let’s build it together," added McKenney at the end of the evening.

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