Ward 5 candidates meet in Rogers’ studio

By Jake Davies - West Carleton Online

OTTAWA – Ward 5’s municipal candidates for the Oct. 24 election met together for the first time and it was caught on video.

Each Ottawa municipal election Rogers TV (Cable 22) hosts a series of all-candidates debates in the lead up to the election.

West Carleton-March, Ward 5 candidates met on Sept. 8 at Rogers TV’s Ottawa studios to tape the roughly hour-long debate.

There are seven candidates looking to replace outgoing politician Coun. Eli El-Chantiry including Nagmani Sharma, Greg Patacairk, Ian Madill, Sasha Duguay, Clarke Kelly, Colin Driscoll and Stephanie Maghnam.

The debate was moderated by Rogers TV’s Derick Fage.

“My passion for my community continues to motivate me,” Maghnam said in her opening address.

“The reason my name is on the ballot is to make sure somebody competent, somebody who is caring and somebody who has experience…to make sure West Carleton gets what it needs,” Driscoll said.

“I know very well what it’s like to grow up, live and work in this neighbourhood,” Clarke said. “I believe it is my experience in the community, my passion for democracy, and my understanding of the political process…that makes me the right choice for West Carleton-March.”

“I love this community,” Patacairk said. “I’ve been a volunteer for the last 16 years plus. Always boots on the ground.”

“There are so many basic problems in Ward 5,” Sharma said. “I want to fix them.”

“I understand the concept of living within our means,” Duguay said. “While making sure our core services we deserve and expect are well maintained.”

“My commitment to you is I will fight to lower your taxes,” Madill said. “We deserve a continued strong voice at city hall.”

To watch the entire debate, click here.

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