Clive Doucet

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Clive Doucet
Clive 2018.jpg
Doucet in 2018
Ottawa City Councillor
In office
Preceded byInez Berg
Succeeded byDavid Chernushenko
ConstituencyCapital Ward
Ottawa-Carleton Regional Councillor
In office
Preceded byBrian McGarry
Succeeded byPosition abolished
ConstituencyCapital Ward
Personal details
London, England
Spouse(s)Pat Steenberg

Clive Doucet (born 1946[1]) is a Canadian writer and politician. He served as the Ottawa City Councillor for Capital Ward from 1997 to 2010 and ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Ottawa in the 2010 Ottawa municipal election, finishing third with 15 per cent of the vote. Eight years later, he again ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Ottawa, this time finishing second with 22 per cent of the vote.

Early life[edit]

Doucet was born in 1946 in London, England to an Acadian serviceman from Grand Étang[2] and an English war bride. Doucet grew up in the city of Ottawa, Ontario, having moved there at the age of six. He also spent some of his youth in St. John's, Newfoundland. Doucet was raised as a Catholic, and his mother was Protestant. He became a Quaker in 1980. He first came to Ottawa in his teens when his father worked there. Doucet played for the Carleton Ravens football team for one season, and then moved to the University of Toronto. A football injury took him out of that sport and into the sport of rowing. He received a masters degree in urban anthropology from the University of Montreal.[3] In his younger days, he spent a summer working in a rock copper mine in British Columbia and helped build the National Arts Centre as a construction worker. Before entering politics, Doucet was a municipal affairs policy advisor.[4]


In the 1997 regional elections, Doucet ran for Ottawa-Carleton Regional Council in Capital Ward, which includes The Glebe, Old Ottawa South, Old Ottawa East, part of Riverview Park, Carleton University, and Heron Park. He was an activist against the proposed Bronson Freeway, which propelled him to victory.

Central to his political platform has been the creation of a light rail rapid transit system across Ottawa manifested to date with the O-Train demonstration project (today's Trillium Line).

On 6 July 2010, Doucet announced his candidacy for Mayor of Ottawa in the 2010 Ottawa municipal election. Doucet joined a record number of 115 candidates running for municipal office in 2010, of which 15 challenged mayoral incumbent Larry O'Brien.[5] Doucet placed third with 15 per cent of the vote.[6]

During the 2018 Ontario election campaign, Doucet volunteered in Ottawa Centre for NDP candidate Joel Harden.[7]

On July 27, 2018, Doucet announced that he would once again be running for Mayor of Ottawa in the 2018 Ottawa municipal election.[8]


Throughout his career, Doucet has been a writer of novels, poetry, plays, and non-fiction, often writing about his Acadian roots. His most recent book, Urban Meltdown: Cities, Climate Change and Politics as Usual, was published by New Society Publishers in 2007.[9] In its review, The Walrus wrote "When Doucet speaks from the firm ground of experience as city councillor, his sharply logical solutions to municipal problems seem both hopeful and achievable."[10]


  • Disneyland Please, novel, 1978, shortlisted for the W.H. Smith First Novel Award
  • John Coe's War, novel, 1983
  • Gospel According to Mary Magdalene, novel, 1990
  • The Priest's Boy, linked short stories, 1992


  • My Grandfather's Cape Breton, originally 1980, republished in 2003 – a memoir of summer boyhood visits to his grandfather on the family farm on Cape Breton Island in the 1960s.
  • Lost and Found in Acadie (2004), a meditation on Acadian history, the Great Expulsion of 1755 and his visit to the Second Acadian World Congress in Louisiana in 1999.
  • Notes from Exile, 1999 – profiles his visit to the 1994 First Acadian World Congress in New Brunswick.
  • Acadian Memories, 2005 – collaboration with photographer Francois Gaudet, a coffee table book keepsake of the Third Acadian World Congress held in Ste Anne, Nova Scotia in 2004.


  • Before Star Wars, 1981
  • Debris of Planets, 1993
  • Looking for Henry, 1999 – an epic poem meditating on the deportation of Acadians in 1755 contrasted to the defeat of the Metis Nation in 1885, and how the victors get to write history.
  • Canal Seasons, 2003


  • Hatching Eggs, National Arts Centre, 1976
  • A Very Desirable Residence, Penguin Performance Company, 1978
  • Chicken Delight, CBC Playhouse (radio), 1978
  • May the Best Man Win
  • The Chez Lucien is Dead (with Wayne Rostad)

Election results[edit]


Candidate Votes %
    Jim Watson (X)
    Clive Doucet
    Hamid Alakozai
    Joey Drouin
    Ryan Lythall
    Craig MacAulay
    Bruce McConville
    Michael Pastien
    Moises Schachtler
    James T. Sheahan
    Bernard Couchman


Candidate Votes %
Jim Watson 131,323 48.70
Larry O'Brien (X) 64,862 24.06
Clive Doucet 40,148 14.89
Andrew S. Haydon 18,914 7.01
Mike Maguire 6,618 2.45
15 other candidates 7,775 2.88
Total votes 269,640 100.00
Source: "2010 municipal election results". City of Ottawa. Archived from the original on 2014-02-19.


Capital Ward (Ward 17)
Candidate Votes %
Clive Doucet (X) 6,495 48.14%
Jay Nordenstrom 4,602 34.11%
Ian Boyd 1,963 14.55%
Sean Curran 433 3.21%


Capital Ward (Ward 17)
Candidate Votes %
Clive Doucet (X) 5,785 80.06%
C.R.L. Erickson 1,024 14.17%
Mike Salmon 417 5.77%


Capital Ward (Ward 17)
Candidate Votes %
Clive Doucet (X) 6,486 69.51
Jim Bickford 2,845 30.49


Capital Ward (Ward 17)
Candidate Votes %
Clive Doucet 2,984 36.80
Jim Kennelly 2,051 25.29
Robin Quinn 1,571 19.37
Ed Barter 1,002 12.36
David McNicoll 501 6.18


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF).
  2. ^ clive Doucette, Noted in a book review), Globe and Mail, August 07, 2009
  3. ^
  4. ^ Mohammed Adam, "Clive Doucet: Accidental politician", Ottawa Citizen, 13 September 2010
  5. ^ Cockburn, Neco (1 September 2010). "O'Brien responsible for record number of candidates: Watson". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2010-09-01.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Official Results/Résultats officiels". City of Ottawa. Archived from the original on 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  7. ^ "Can Ottawa's municipal candidates shed political allegiances?". Ottawa Sun. 2018-07-31. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  8. ^ Willing, Jon (July 27, 2018). "Former councillor Clive Doucet announces run for mayor". The Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  9. ^ New Society Publishers – Urban Meltdown
  10. ^ Dutkiewicz, Jan (January 2008). "Book Review: Urban Meltdown – Cities, Climate Change and Politics as Usual". Archived from the original on 22 December 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2010.

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Preceded by
Brian McGarry
Regional councillors from Capital Ward
Succeeded by
Position abolished
Preceded by
Inez Berg
City councillors from Capital Ward
Succeeded by
David Chernushenko