‘Doucet Breaks Rank’ read the headline of the Ottawa Citizen, referring to the fact that the councilor is the only one to have spoken his views on the bus strike independently of city hall. His point: control over schedules isn’t worth the pain all sides are feeling from the strike.
Last week Doucet made the news again when he suggested that the city’s handling of the strike was less then perfect.
Doucet has represented the patch of town from the Glebe to Billings Bridge since 1997. An urban anthropologist by training, he has published several books, including four works of poetry, musings on his acadian heritage and a novel. His latest work, Urban Meltdown suggests that it is politics that are responsible for sluggish action on environmental issues, since councilors cannot get elected without pandering to cars.
Doucet has an excellent record on environmental issues, receiving top marks in Ecology Ottawa and the Sierra Club’s annual report card on city councilors. He got an A in 2008 for voting for a motion to reduce road speed and voting against deferring the purchase of electric buses for OC transpo.
On the light rail system, the literal third rail of Ottawa politics, Doucet favors a two rail electric system that would follow Carling Avenue into Kanata, arguing that such a system has low operating costs and would add a significant number of users to the Ottawa public system, thus attracting federal and provincial funds.