Robert Chiarelli (born September 24, 1941) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal member in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who served from 1987 to 1997 and again from 2010 to 2018 who represented the ridings of Ottawa West and Ottawa West—Nepean. He was the Regional Chair of Ottawa-Carleton from 1997 to 2001 and was mayor of Ottawa from 2001 to 2006. He served in the provincial cabinets of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne.
|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament|
for Ottawa West—Nepean
March 4, 2010 – June 7, 2018
|Preceded by||Jim Watson|
|Succeeded by||Jeremy Roberts|
|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament|
for Ottawa West
September 10, 1987 – July 23, 1997
|Preceded by||Reuben Baetz|
|Succeeded by||Alex Cullen|
|57th Mayor of Ottawa |
1st Mayor post-amalgamation
|Preceded by||Allan Higdon (interim)|
|Succeeded by||Larry O'Brien|
|Regional Chair of Ottawa-Carleton|
|Preceded by||Peter Clark|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
|Born||September 24, 1941|
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Spouse(s)||Carol Barbara Chiarelli (deceased)|
Bob Chiarelli was raised in the Little Italy area of Ottawa near Preston Street. His parents were entrepreneurs owning a number of stores in the neighbourhood. He was the youngest of their seven children. He was an ice hockey player in high school and attended Clarkson University, New York, on a hockey scholarship. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and then returned to Ottawa to attend the University of Ottawa law school. He began his legal practice in 1969. He served for seven years on the National Capital Commission. He lives in Ottawa with his partner Randi Hansen, and has five adult children and two grandchildren.
Chiarelli ran as a Liberal candidate in the 1987 provincial election in the riding of Ottawa West. He defeated Progressive Conservative candidate Derek Insley by about 6,000 votes. He served as the parliamentary assistant to the Chair of the Management Board in 1987–88. Chiarelli was re-elected in the provincial elections of 1990 and 1995. Chiarelli endorsed Dalton McGuinty's bid to lead the Ontario Liberal Party in 1996.
He resigned his seat in 1997 in order to pursue a position in municipal politics.
In November 1997, Chiarelli contested the position of Regional Chair of Ottawa-Carleton. He defeated incumbent Peter Clark. Chiarelli's win was the only Ottawa municipal contest where an incumbent was upset. For the next three years, he advocated eliminating the region's "two-tiered" government, and amalgamating the regional municipalities into a single city. The provincial government of Mike Harris did this in 2000, and Chiarelli declared himself a candidate to become the first mayor of the amalgamated city of Ottawa.
Chiarelli was elected as the first mayor of the newly amalgamated city of Ottawa on November 13, 2000 defeating former mayor of Gloucester, Ontario, Claudette Cain. He was easily re-elected in the 2003 election beating his closest rival by nearly 40,000 votes.
In the 2006 election, he ran for re-election against two main opponents: former Kanata councillor Alex Munter, and businessman Larry O'Brien. Terry Kilrea, runner-up to Chiarelli in 2003, campaigned through the summer but withdrew when it seemed left-wing candidate Alex Munter had taken the lead. Kilrea decided to support Chiarelli for the remainder of the campaign.
Chiarelli's main project was the expansion of the city's light-rail system: a north-south line would run from Barrhaven to downtown Ottawa starting in 2009. His opponents in the election alleged that the project had been undertaken without sufficient consultation or communication with the public. The project was cancelled shortly after his departure of City Hall.
Chiarelli also had plans to improve the east end of the city. He introduced a 10-point revitalization plan that would include attracting more jobs and businesses east of the Rideau River in order to improve its economic development. He also planned to build new roads to improve connections between Orleans and the south end of the city. Also he promised to expand the existing bike trail system with additional trails connecting suburban and rural areas of Ottawa.
In a survey conducted by UniMarketing during the week of October 13, 2006, Chiarelli placed second with an 11-point percentage deficit on Munter but had a three-point advantage over O'Brien among the most likely to vote. In the election, he finished in third position with just over 15% of the vote and lost the mayoral position to O'Brien.
Return to provincial politicsEdit
In 2010, Chiarelli ran as the Liberal Party candidate in a by-election held in the riding of Ottawa West–Nepean to succeed Jim Watson who resigned to run for Mayor of Ottawa. He won the by-election, which was held on March 4. Chiarelli was re-elected in the 2011 and 2014 elections.
On June 7, 2018, Chiarelli was defeated in the provincial election. He placed 3rd, behind the PC and NDP local candidates. The Progressive Conservatives, led by Doug Ford, won a sizeable majority government, ending 15 consecutive years of Liberal power.
Provincial electoral recordEdit
|Progressive Conservative||Derek Insley||9,951|
|New Democratic||Paul Weinzweig||4,403|
|Family Coalition||Lynn McPherson||1,689|
|1990 Ontario general election: Ottawa West|
|Progressive Conservative||Brian Mackey||9,068|
|New Democratic||Allan Edwards||8,391|
|Confederation of Regions||David Boyd||1,044|
|Family Coalition||Ian Whyte||1,011|
|Progressive Conservative||Greg Joy||12,898|
|New Democratic||Karim Ismaili||3,718|
|Natural Law||Stan Lamothe||96|
|Progressive Conservative||Beth Graham||11,086||38.99%||+7.3|
|New Democratic||Pam Fitzgerald||2,404||8.45%||-1.3|
|2011 Ontario general election: Ottawa West—Nepean|
|Liberal||Bob Chiarelli||18,492||41.62||−1.83||$ 93,241.85|
|Progressive Conservative||Randall Denley||17,483||39.35||+0.36||80,950.00|
|New Democratic||Wendy Byrne||6,576||14.80||+6.35||13,936.09|
|Family Coalition||John Pacheco||396||0.89||8,382.66|
|Total valid votes / Expense limit||44,432||100.00||+56.27||$ 97,809.67|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||174||0.39||−0.18|
|2014 Ontario general election: Ottawa West—Nepean|
|Progressive Conservative||Randall Denley||15,540||33.29||−6.06|
|New Democratic||Alex Cullen||6,673||14.29||−0.51|
|Total valid votes||46,686||100.0|
|2018 Ontario general election: Ottawa West—Nepean|
|Progressive Conservative||Jeremy Roberts||16,590||32.82||−0.47|
|New Democratic||Chandra Pasma||16,415||32.48||+18.19|
|None of the Above||Colin A. Pritchard||542||1.07|
|Total valid votes||50,545||100.00|
|Progressive Conservative gain||Swing|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
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- Sherring, Susan (January 18, 2010). "Bob makes run for Queen's Park". Ottawa Sun. Archived from the original on March 5, 2010. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
- Eade, Ron (April 3, 1997). "Chiarelli will seek regional chair: Incumbent Clark files papers to seek third term". The Ottawa Citizen. p. B1.
- Delacourt, Susan; Coutts, Jane (November 11, 1997). "Veterans picked to face unknown: Ontario voters have largely chosen ...". The Globe and Mail. p. A12.
- "Lansdowne deal looks promising". The Ottawa Citizen. April 27, 1999. p. F4.
- Gray, Ken (February 10, 2000). "Foreign Affairs has its eye on Ottawa City Hall: Chiarelli". The Ottawa Citizen. p. F3.
- "Chiarelli wins historic race to lead amalgamated City of Ottawa". Canadian Press NewsWire. November 13, 2000.
- "Final election results". The Ottawa Citizen. November 12, 2003. p. B7.
- "Chiarelli reveals 10-point plan". Ottawa Citizen. October 19, 2006. Archived from the original on March 5, 2010. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
- Howlett, Karen (March 4, 2010). "McGuinty Liberals win narrow victory in Ottawa by-election". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on March 5, 2010. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
- Macleod, Ian (February 1, 2010). "Liberals acclaim Bob Chiarelli in Ottawa-West Nepean race". Ottawa Citizen. Archived from the original on March 5, 2010. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 13. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 30, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
- "General Election by District: Ottawa West-Nepean". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on September 23, 2014.
- Aveling, Nick (August 18, 2010). "McGuinty moves 6, brings in 2 new faces in Ontario cabinet shuffle". Postmedia News.
- "MPP Watson to run for Ottawa mayor". CBC News, January 12, 2010.
- "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. p. 8. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
|Ontario Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne|
|Cabinet posts (2)|
|Brad Duguid||Minister of Infrastructure
|Chris Bentley||Minister of Energy
|Ontario Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty|
|Cabinet posts (3)|
|Kathleen Wynne||Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
|Kathleen Wynne||Minister of Transportation
|Brad Duguid (Energy and Infrastructure)||Minister of Infrastructure