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(Updated 9:30 a.m., June 13)
Bob Monette announces retirement, will not seek fifth term afterall

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

In a surprise move to most City Hall observers, veteran city councillor Bob Monette will not seek reelection in Orléans Ward next fall and instead will step down after four terms in office to focus on his family.

The announcement is a dramatic turn of events, coming just weeks after he had told supporters that he would be seeking a fifth term.

“In recent weeks I have been reflecting on the decision to run for re-election and came to the conclusion that the time has come to put my family first. It is never easy to reverse a decision of this kind but it is made easier knowing that it is the right one,” Monette said in statement released earlier this morning."

Monette will remain in office until the new city council is sworn after the election this fall. In the meantime, he says he will continue to advance important community projects and will make himself available to speak with interested candidates who may be considering entering politics and serving the constituents of Orléans Ward.

Monette was first elected to council in a byelection in 2005 after former Orléans Ward councillor Herb Kreling was appointed Justice of the Peace.

He was reelected in the general municipal election a year later and twice again in 2010 and 2014.

He played a key role in the creation of the Orléans Community Garden. He was one of the first councillors to support the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park and the return of the CFL to the Nation's Capital. He championed city council support for the Ottawa Champions baseball franchise. He fought to ensure Phase 2 of the Ottawa LRT was extended to Trim Road. And he changed the Official Plan to create a future employment hub for the community of Orléans.

In announcing his retirement, Monette looked back on a long and successful career with pride and thanked his council colleagues, both past and present, for helping the east end achieve so much.

"I want to thank Mayor Watson, Mayor O'Brien, Mayor Chiarelli, my council colleagues and those before them for the commitment to making our City the best in Canada," said Monette. "I leave politics taking great pride in our collective accomplishments that in many cases have positively impacted the development of Orléans, and helped transform major city-wide landmarks such as Lansdowne Park, and the Ottawa River Action Plan."

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