ANALYSIS: If tax hauls matter, a downtown politician might deserve a 'cabinet' seat

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, February 15, 2020

City council’s most influential committee might be short-changing the downtown wards if tax revenue by district matters when it comes to representation.

The makeup of the finance and economic development committee received attention this past week as council was presented with an opportunity to make a change.

Downtown councillors pointed out that none of them sat on the top leadership committee and they advocated for Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper to take over chairing the transportation committee and to take a seat on the finance committee.

Council refused with a 15-7 vote, instead promoting Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney to transportation chair.

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