Peter Hume (politician)

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Peter Ernest Hume
Ottawa City Councillor
In office
January 1, 2001 – November 30, 2014
Preceded by Allan Higdon
Succeeded by Jean Cloutier
Constituency Alta Vista Ward
Ottawa-Carleton Regional Councillor
In office
December 1, 1991 – December 31, 2000
Preceded by Darrel Kent
Succeeded by position abolished
Ottawa City Councillor
In office
December 1, 1991 – November 30, 1994
Preceded by Darrel Kent
Succeeded by Allan Higdon
Personal details
Born (1963-06-19) June 19, 1963 (age 53)
Political party Ontario Progressive Conservative Party
Spouse(s) Ann Marie Hume

Peter Ernest Hume (born June 19, 1963)[1] was a city councillor in the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He represented Alta Vista Ward in the south end of the city. He was considered by some[weasel words] to have been "the most respected politician in Ottawa".[2]

Hume grew up in the Canterbury area of Alta Vista Ward. He attended Hawthorne Public School and Canterbury High School before graduating with a degree in Economics from Carleton University.[3] He would then work as an assistant to Canterbury Ward councillor Michael McSweeney and then Alta Vista Ward councillor Darrel Kent.[citation needed]

Hume was first elected as a city and regional councillor in 1991. In 1994 he was elected to the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton council (when it became an independently elected position). He was re-elected in 1997. In the 2000 Ottawa election, he chose to run against Ottawa city councillor Allan Higdon for city council, as the City of Ottawa and the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton were set to amalgamate the following year. He was able to defeat Higdon, and was acclaimed three years later in the 2003 Ottawa election. In 2002, Hume contributed $362.26 to the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leadership campaign of Jim Flaherty.[4] Hume is generally considered to be a "red Tory",[3] who "votes in favour of social spending, but talks convincingly about fiscal responsibility."[5]

In 2004, Hume allowed a private developer to hold a private party to raise money to pay off a debt Hume had received from running for President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Both Hume and the host of the party has refused to reveal the guest list to that event.[6] Hume would later serve as President from 2008 to 2011.[2]

Hume was easily re-elected in the 2006 municipal elections with 70% of the vote and again in 2010 with 59% of the vote. Hume is currently the Chair of the City of Ottawa's Planning Committee, a position he has held since 2003.[2]

On August 22, 2014, Hume announced he would not be seeking re-election as councillor.[3]

In 2015, Hume partnered with former Minto vice-president, Jack Stirling, in a "strategic partnership to pursue development projects and to advise both the private and public sector." Stirling, the old City of Nepean’s last planning commissioner before amalgamation, is well-known as another former local bureaucrat who jumped the fence in 2001 to work for Minto as vice-president of development,[7] using his experience to stickhandle development proposals through the city’s Byzantine approvals process.


  1. ^ Peter Hume, City Councillor Ottawa. Facebook profile. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  2. ^ a b c Willing, Jon (2014-08-22). "Peter Hume Not Running Again." Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  3. ^ a b c Pearson, Matthew (2014-08-22). "Planning Chair Peter Hume Stepping Down." Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  4. ^ 2002 Leadership Contest CR-5 Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario Archived April 28, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Cullen Faces Difficult Uncertain Mayoral Race"[dead link] (2009-04-15). Ottawa Citizen.
  6. ^ Ottawa Sun (2005-12-24). p. 7.
  7. ^ Reevely, David (2015-08-28). "Reevely: Ottawa's former planning boss goes into business with former Minto VP." Retrieved 2016-06-02.

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Preceded by
Darrel Kent
City councillors from Alta Vista Ward
Succeeded by
Allan Higdon (Alta Vista-Canterbury Ward)
Preceded by
Darrel Kent
Regional councillors from Alta Vista Ward
Succeeded by
position abolished
Preceded by
Allan Higdon
(Alta Vista-Canterbury Ward)
City councillors from Alta Vista Ward
Succeeded by
Jean Cloutier