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Jean Cloutier
Ottawa City Councillor
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Preceded byPeter Hume
ConstituencyAlta Vista Ward
Personal details
Bornc. 1959
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Sandra Cloutier
ResidenceSheffield Glen

Jean L. Cloutier[1] (born c. 1959) is the Ottawa City Councillor for Alta Vista Ward. He was elected for the first time in the 2014 Ottawa municipal election.

Cloutier grew up in the Hintonburg neighbourhood of the city and has lived in Alta Vista since 1986.

Cloutier is a past president of the Canterbury Community Association, which covers Ottawa's former Canterbury Ward. A Chartered Professional Accountant, he was Controller at Tubman Funeral Homes for 12 years prior to being elected. In 1988, he and friend Brice White purchased the Nelson Cinema on Rideau Street and converted into the ByTowne Cinema.

Cloutier is a member of the choir at St François d'Assise and has a black belt in martial arts.

During the 2014 election campaign, he was endorsed by outgoing councillor Peter Hume, which helped him get elected, winning nearly 50% of the vote. [2] Cloutier endorsed Jim Watson for mayor. [3] He endorsed Watson again in 2018.[4]

Cloutier was re-elected in the 2018 Ottawa municipal election, narrowly defeating Raylene Lang-Dion by 201 votes, winning 33 percent of the vote. Cloutier promised an "ambitious agenda" to make the "community stronger, vibrant, more resilient".[5]

Prior to being elected, he was a regular donor to the Liberal Party of Canada.[6] He has also donated to Dalton McGuinty.

Special rink levy

During his first term as councillor, Cloutier spearheaded the construction of an outdoor ice rink at the Canterbury Community Centre. The construction meant that a levy would have to be imposed on the property owners of his ward. It was only the fourth special levy instituted since Ottawa's amalgamation in 2001.[7][8] Cloutier opposed holding a ward vote in Alta Vista on the proposed fee and held a single consultation meeting with the community. [9]

Steakhouse controversy

During the 2018 municipal election campaign, Cloutier's campaign manager, Peter Hume (Cloutier's predecessor) invited a number of developers to Al Steakhouse for a fundraiser for the Cloutier campaign. The fundraiser was controversial due to a new ban on corporate donations, though personal donations are still legal. Following the controversy, Cloutier opted to cancel the event.[10]

Criticisms of citizen transit commissioner

On November 10, 2019 Cloutier, who serves as the city's Transit Commission Vice-Chair criticized Sarah Wright-Gilbert, a voluntary member of Ottawa's Citizen Transit Commission who had been highlighting the frustrations of transit riders and the failures of the city's public transit service, OC Transpo especially with the problems with the launch of the new Confederation Line light rail system. Cloutier called her criticisms "unproductive" and that she should "[r]eflect on your objectives". Councillors Catherine McKenney and Jeff Leiper cam to Wright-Gilbert's defence.[11]

References

  1. ^ http://www.elections.ca/wpapps/WPF/EN/CCS/Index?returntype=1 Elections Canada contributions search
  2. ^ "Jean Cloutier takes over from Peter Hume in Alta Vista ward".
  3. ^ "Ottawa votes: Alta Vista candidates answer our questions".
  4. ^ "Ottawa Votes: What you need to know about the candidates in Alta Vista".
  5. ^ "Alta Vista: Jean Cloutier holds off challengers, edges Raylene Lang-Dion by 201 votes".
  6. ^ "Contributions - Details : Search for Contributions".
  7. ^ "Covered rink would force Alta Vista ward residents to pay another special levy".
  8. ^ "Special levies poised to require more consultation and paperwork".
  9. ^ "Covered rink would force Alta Vista ward residents to pay another special levy".
  10. ^ "Incumbent councillor's steakhouse fundraiser cancelled because of 'threats,' he says".
  11. ^ "Leaders of Ottawa Transit Commission continue to criticize citizen transit commissioner".