Sutcliffe’s plan would cut up to $80 million from services you rely on

McKenney will build the city you deserve and stop Sutcliffe’s cuts 

October 11, 2022 (OTTAWA) – On Tuesday, mayoral candidate Catherine McKenney held a press conference to highlight the danger in Mark Sutcliffe’s reckless $80 million in cuts to the public services you rely on. 

“Until last week, my opponent was running on continuing the status quo. But last week he committed to an even more dangerous idea: up to $80 million worth of cuts right across city services,” said McKenney. “What does $80 million in cuts feel like? You’ll feel it when you visit the kids’ section at the library. When outdoor pools close in August. When your building permit is delayed, when you call 3-1-1, and when you or your neighbour wait 60 minutes for a bus.” 

In his financial statements last week, Mark Sutcliffe committed to up to $60 million in cuts to services. He also promised to redirect at least $20 million of growth funds, which are supposed to cover services for growing communities like Barrhaven, towards his promise of more police in ByWard Market and other commitments. In total, city services will see up to $80 million in cuts under Sutcliffe. 

“Ottawa has become a city with waitlists for affordable housing and wading pools that close when it’s still hot out. Does this sound like the right time to cut $80 million more?” said McKenney. 

“My opponent has been prioritizing the needs of the wealthiest among us – and ignoring everyday people who rely on city services. He’s done that by holding cash for access fundraisers, at a whopping $1,200 per ticket, and then unveiling his plan to decimate city services.”

McKenney is a two-term Councillor with the leadership and experience needed to lead our city. 

As Mayor, McKenney will build the city you deserve, by investing in affordable housing, reliable transit, and bold climate action while building a City Hall you can trust. 

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 Catherine McKenney is running for Mayor to make Ottawa the greenest, healthiest, and most connected city in Canada. For more information visit

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