Peterborough municipal election, 2006

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The 2006 Peterborough municipal election was held in the city of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada on November 13, 2006. All municipal elections in the province of Ontario are held on the same date; see Ontario municipal elections, 2006 for elections in other cities.

The election chose the mayor and city councillors to sit on the Peterborough city council.


2006 Peterborough municipal election, Mayor of Peterboroughedit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
Paul Ayotte 12,095 48.60
Linda Slavin 5,569 22.38
Paul Rexe 2,609 10.48
Bill Juby 1,646 6.61
John Pritchard 1,088 4.37
David R. Edgerton 920 3.70
Garry Herring 721 2.90
Gord Vass 238 0.96
Total valid votes 24,886 100.00
  • John Pritchard was a township representative, deputy reeve, and reeve in Cavan before moving to Peterborough in 1992.[1] After a failed bid for the Peterborough city council in 1997, he was elected for Northcrest Ward in 2000. During the campaign, he supported a controversial parkway extension through municipal green space.[2] After the election, he chaired the transportation committee and continued to promote the parkway.[3] In 2001, he was one of only two councillors to vote against a grant to Showplace Peterborough.[4] He later recommended replacing the city's Memorial Centre with a new building and was the only councillor to vote against a renovation plan.[5] Pritchard also opposed a comprehensive smoking ban.[6] In 2003, he voted against a symbolic motion opposing the American invasion of Iraq.[7] He was defeated in his bid for re-election in 2003. There was some speculation that Pritchard could become the Liberal Party candidate for Peterborough in the 2006 federal election, although nothing came of this.[8] In the 2006 mayoral election, he said that he would work for high-quality jobs in Peterborough.[9]
  • Gord Vass was fifty-four years old at the time of the election; he worked for a taxi firm and ran an online distribution company. He reserved the name "Royal Canadian Equity Party" (RCEP) with Elections Ontario in 1999, though he has never registered the party. He has said the RCEP was intended to address issues of the working poor, including fair taxation and an expanded social safety net. He is the brother of city councillor Len Vass. The 2006 mayoral campaign was his first bid for public office.[10]

Council (partial)[edit]

2006 Peterborough municipal election, Council, Otonabee Ward (two members elected)edit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
Doug Peacock 2,019 27.35
Eric Martin 1,835 24.86
Clayton Wade 1,266 17.15
Stephen Morgan 1,085 14.70
Paul Peterson 500 6.77
Fred Chamberlain 344 4.66
Annette Rose Lavine 333 4.51
Total valid votes 7,382 100.00
  • Doug Peacock (born November 15, 1943) worked in Ontario's education system for thirty-five years. Starting as a teacher in Scarborough, he later became a secondary school principal in Peterborough from 1991 to 2001.[11] He was first elected to the Peterborough city council in 2000, finishing first in the Ashburnham ward. After the election, he chaired the city's newly formed youth committee.[12] He was offered a job with the Ontario Ministry of Education in 2001 to implement changes in the education system, but turned it down.[13] In early 2003, he introduced a symbolic motion that called for Canada to stay out of the American invasion of Iraq.[14] He ran for mayor of Peterborough in 2003 and finished a very close second to incumbent Sylvia Sutherland. During this campaign, he called for a limited tax increase to pay for sewer and road improvements and homeless shelters.[15] He also opposed the construction of a parkway through municipal green space.[16] Following the mayoral contest, Peacock taught at Trent University's School of Education and wrote a column for the Peterborough Examiner.[17] There was a rumour that Peacock would challenge Peter Adams for the Liberal Party nomination in the buildup to the 2004 federal election, although Peacock himself dismissed the possibility; he also declined to stand for the nomination when Adams retired in 2005.[18] In September 2004, he was appointed to the Peterborough Community Social Plan committee.[19] Peacock was re-elected to city council in 2006 for the Otonabee Ward and later served as chair of the mayor's anti-poverty task force. Peterborough This Week rated him among Peterborough's better councillors in its 2007 and 2008 "report cards."[20] He was not a candidate in the 2010 election.
  • Paul Peterson was the anticipated Progressive Conservative candidate for Peterborough in the 2000 federal election, but he withdrew from the contest for personal reasons two days before the nomination date. Fifty-two years old at the time, he was president of Craaytech Painted Plastics and a founding president of the Peterborough Safe Communities Coalition. He attended the 2003 Progressive Conservative Party of Canada leadership contest. Initially a supporter of Scott Brison, he shifted his support to Jim Prentice after Brison was forced from the ballot. He later sought the Conservative Party nomination for Peterborough in the leadup to the 2006 federal election. Peterson described himself as a right-wing Conservative in this period, noting his opposition to same-sex marriage. He lost to Dean Del Mastro.[21]

2006 Peterborough municipal election, Council, Ashburnham Ward (two members elected)edit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Len Vass 2,960 36.54
Patti S. Peeters 2,349 29.00
Keith Riel 1,975 24.38
Cameron Holmstrom 816 10.07
Total valid votes 8,100 100.00

Election results source: City of Peterborough website


  1. ^ "Ex-Cavan reeve seeks city seat," Peterborough Examiner, 27 September 2000, B1.
  2. ^ Joseph Kim, "Action on The Parkway urged by candidates," Peterborough Examiner, 10 November 2000, B2.
  3. ^ Joseph Kim, "Rezoning OK'd despite objections," Peterborough Examiner, 26 June 2001, B1; Joseph Kim, "Pritchard tries end run with Parkway motion," Peterborough Examiner, 5 September 2001, A1.
  4. ^ JoElle Kovach, "City bailout for Showplace a grant, not a loan," Peterborough Examiner, 11 October 2001, B1.
  5. ^ JoElle Kovach, "Councillor leans toward building new arena for city," Peterborough Examiner, 2 February 2002, A1.
  6. ^ JoElle Kovach, "City wants meeting to clear air on smoking ban," Peterborough Examiner, 26 February 2002, A1.
  7. ^ JoElle Kovach, "Council votes to ask Ottawa to stay out of Iraq conflict," Peterborough Examiner, 14 February 2003, A1.
  8. ^ Elizabeth Bower, "Liberals fish for candidate," Peterborough Examiner, 6 May 2006, A1.
  9. ^ Brendan Wedley, "Pritchard runs for mayor," Peterborough Examiner, 23 February 2006, B1.
  10. ^ Brendan Wedley, "Brothers could face off for mayor's job job: Next election could see Vass vs. Vass," Peterborough Examiner, 4 January 2006, A1.
  11. ^ Jack Marchen, "Peacock ousts Duncan in Ashburnham," Peterborough Examiner, 14 November 2000, B4; Kelly Leydier, "Peacock to retire as principal," Peterborough Examiner, 31 January 2001, B1; JoElle Kovach, "'Sport has all the essences of politics'," 6 November 2003, B1.
  12. ^ "Youth committee sets first meeting," Peterborough Examiner, 6 March 2001, B1; "New youth committee sets priorities," Peterborough Examiner, 29 April 2001, B2. See also Joseph Kim, "Vision statement complete," Peterborough Examiner, 4 July 2001, B1.
  13. ^ Bill Hodgins, "Retiring principal turns down provincial job," Peterborough Examiner, 7 June 2001, B1.
  14. ^ JoElle Kovach, "Council votes to ask Ottawa to stay out of Iraq conflict," Peterborough Examiner, 14 February 2003, A1.
  15. ^ JoElle Kovach, "Peacock makes his pitch," Peterborough Examiner, 5 September 2003, B1.
  16. ^ David Smith, "Mayoralty candidates talk Parkway," Peterborough Examiner, 8 October 2003, A1.
  17. ^ See for instance Doug Peacock, "Education reform goes on waiting list," Peterborough Examiner, 22 July 2004, A4; Doug Peacock, "Nasty election campaigns not our style," Peterborough Examiner, 29 July 2004, A4; Doug Peacock, "After 40 years, Trent's challenges change," Peterborough Examiner, 14 October 2004, A4.
  18. ^ Alek Gazdic, "Parties gear up for election: MP Peter Adams happy that Liberal nomination now open," Peterborough Examiner, 21 January 2004, B1; Elizabeth Bower, "Liberals lack any candidates," Peterborough Examiner, 27 April 2005, B1.
  19. ^ "Peacock added to committee," Peterborough Examiner, 20 September 2004, B12.
  20. ^ Kathryne Miller, "Peterborough City Council Report Card," Peterborough This Week, 8 November 2007, p. 1; "Council Report Card 2008," Peterborough This Week, 19 November 2008, p. 1.
  21. ^ John Driscoll, "Craaytech chief seeks Conservative nod," Peterborough Examiner, 18 October 2000, B1; Kelly Leydier, "PCs nominate Langen in city," Peterborough Examiner, 24 October 2000, A1; Alek Gazdic, "Local Tories rally around leader after backing rival," Peterborough Examiner, 2 June 2003, B6; Rachel Punch, "Another Tory candidate steps up," Peterborough Examiner, 30 April 2005, B1.
  22. ^ Brendan Wedley, "Pritchard runs for mayor," Peterborough Examiner, 23 February 2006, B1.
  23. ^ Cameron Holmstrom, "Not saving for BMW," Peterborough Examiner, 14 March 2006, A4.
  24. ^ Lauren Gilchrist, Local NDP choose Steve Sharpe as their candidate, Kawartha Lakes This Week, 14 February 2007, accessed 2 September 2010.
  25. ^ "Local youth leader to bring CSA Conference to Brockville area," St. Lawrence EMC, 15 July 2010, p. 27.