Local and Urban Politics / Politique locale et urbaine
Session: E5 - Roundtable: The 2014 Ontario Municipal Elections Outside of Toronto
Chair/Président: Zachary Spicer (Wilfrid Laurier University)
Participants & Authors/Auteurs: (Click titles for Abstract and Paper.)
Caroline Andrew (University of Ottawa) : Ottawa
Kate M. Daley (York University) : Waterloo
Tom Urbaniak (Cape Breton University) : Mississauga
While it is typical, and crucial, for elections in Ontario's largest city to receive both popular and scholarly attention, voters in hundreds of other municipalities also went to the polls across the province on October 27th, 2014. This roundtable will explore the 2014 municipal elections in several of these municipalities. To ground a broad discussion, presenters will bring particular expertise on the elections in Ottawa, Waterloo, and Mississauga. We will address the major issues and dynamics in these local races, and highlight some of the broader themes and cross-municipal issues that emerge from them. We will also discuss the results of these races, and what they may mean for their specific communities over the next four-year municipal term and beyond, as well as for relationships between Ontario municipalities and the provincial and federal governments. This session will highlight the rich potential terrain for current municipal election studies in Ontario's diverse municipalities, and allow participants and audience members to identify some recent developments and trends worthy of scholarly attention. It will be of interest to scholars, practitioners, and interested observers of municipal politics and electoral behaviour.