Sudbury’s new city council sworn in
Published Wednesday, December 5, 2018 1:18PM EST
After an election six weeks ago that was anything but routine, including an online voting disaster that stretched the vote an extra day, Greater Sudbury's new city council was sworn in Tuesday night.
With no business on the agenda, it was more of a coronation than a council meeting.
For the city's first two-term mayor since amalgamation, Brian Bigger, the next four years are all about the economy.
"Gone are the days of missed opportunities and investors bypassing town. We need everyone to know that Greater Sudbury is open for business." said Bigger.
To help, he is enlisting long-time Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci as his new mayor's liaison to help keep those opportunities from falling through the cracks.
And for the 12 ward councillors, there won't be much of a learning curve.
It was a new but old council sworn in Tuesday night.
If you remember, every incumbent who sought re-election won another term, including Mayor Brian Bigger. Meaning 10 of the 12 councillors are returning, leaving just two fresh faces around the table for the next four years.
One of the newcomers is Geoff McCausland.
"There's going to be a real opportunity to move, to do some good, because we have these veterans who have the experience and with that we're able to actually just go." said McCausland.
One of those veterans is Joscelyne Landry-Altmann, one of only two women around the table.
"To me, politics are gender neutral. Maybe one day we'll see more females than we'll see males, but I hope they're all good candidates and not just gender-specific." said Landry-Altmann.
And at the head of the table, with a fragile mandate, having won with just 28% of the vote, the mayor used his second inaugural address to stress unity.
"Like all great families, we may disagree at the dinner table, but once decisions are made, we must work together for the greater good of our city." said Bigger.
Meanwhile, many Sudburians are hoping that running a half-billion dollar government will be easier for this family the second time around.