Clive Doucet announcing run for Mayor of Ottawa, 2010. Photo by B. Foster. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Clive Doucet

Ottawa City Councillor
In office
Preceded by Inez Berg
Succeeded by David Chernushenko
Constituency Capital Ward

Ottawa-Carleton Regional Councillor
In office
Preceded by Brian McGarry
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born 1946
London], England
Spouse(s) Pat Steenberg
Religion Quaker

Clive Doucet (born 1946)[1] is a Canadian poet, prose writer, and politician.

Life[edit | edit source]

Doucet was born in 1946 in London, England, to an Acadian serviceman and an English war bride. Doucet grew up in the city of Ottawa, Ontario. He also spent some of his youth in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Doucet was raised as a Catholic, and his mother was Protestant. He became a Quaker in 1980.

He came to Ottawa in his teens when his father worked there. Doucet played for the Carleton Ravens football team for a season, and then moved to the University of Toronto. A football injury took him out of that sport and into the sport of rowing.

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.

Political career[edit | edit source]

Before entering electoral politics, Doucet was a municipal affairs policy advisor.[2]

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 is the creation of a light rail rapid transit system across Ottawa manifested to date with the Ottawa O-Train demonstration project. On July 6, 2010, Doucet announced his candidacy for Mayor of Ottawa in the October 25 municipal election. [3]

His book, Urban Meltdown: Cities, Climate Change and Politics as Usual, was published by New Society Publishers in 2007.[4] 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."[5]

Publications[edit | edit source]

Poetry[edit | edit source]

  • Before Star Wars. Windsor, ON: Black Moss Press, 1981.
  • The Debris of Planets. Windsor, ON: Black Moss Press, 1993.
  • Looking for Henry. Saskatoon, SK: Thistledown Press, 1999.
  • Canal Seasons. Manotick, ON: Penumbra Press, 2003.

Fiction[edit | edit source]

  • Disneyland Please (novel) 1978. Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1978.
  • John Coe's War (novel). Toronto & New York: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1983.
  • Gospel According to Mary Magdalene (novel). Windsor, ON: Black Moss Press, 1990.
  • The Priest's Boy (linked short stories). Windsor, ON: Black Moss Press, 1992.

Non-fiction[edit | edit source]

  • My Grandfather's Cape Breton. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1980.
  • Notes from Exile: on being Acadian.Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 1999.
  • Lost and Found in Acadie. Halifax, NS: Nimbus, 2004.
  • Acacidn Homecoming: congres mondial acadien (with Francois Gaudet). Halifax, NS: Nimbus Publishing, 2005.
  • Urban Meltdown: Cities, climate change, and politics as usual. Gabriola Island, BC, & Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers, 2007.

Plays[edit | edit source]

  • Hatching Eggs, National Arts Centre, 1976. Toronto: Playwrights Co-op, 1974.
  • A Very Desirable Residence Toronto: Playwrights Co-op, 1978.
  • Seduced by Moonlight: A romantic comedy. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, [198-?]

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[6]

Election results[edit | edit source]

1997[edit | edit source]

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

2000[edit | edit source]

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

2003[edit | edit source]

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%

2006[edit | edit source]

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 4,33 3.21%

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF) .
  2. Ottawa Citizen, September 13, 2010 Pg B3. "Clive Doucet: Accidental politician" by Mohammed Adam
  3. Cockburn, Neco (2010-09-01). "O’Brien responsible for record number of candidates: Watson". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2010-09-00. 
  4. New Society Publishers - Urban Meltdown
  5. Dutkiewicz, Jan (January 2008). "Book Review: Urban Meltdown - Cities, Climate Change and Politics as Usual". Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  6. Search results=Clive Doucet, WorldCat, Web, July 8, 2012.

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