If O'Brien has to resign, City Council would either have to hold a by-election, or appoint an acting mayor. A by-election is expensive, and if councillors appoint someone, chances are that he or she will bring a lot of political baggage along to the mayor's office.
Our solution: Hold a lottery to choose the interim mayor of Ottawa. Here's how it would work. (With apologies to Scott Gardiner, who employed a similar scheme to choose the Governor General in King John of Canada.)
- Lottery is open to all residents of Ottawa over 18 years of age. To be considered a resident you just have to prove a permanent address in the city.
- Each lottery ticket costs $5.
- The winner of the lottery would have to pass a police/security check.
Lots of positives:
- All proceeds from the lottery go to the City of Ottawa's operating budget for 2010 to reduce the tax bill.
- Cheaper to run than a traditional election
- No barriers to enter the political process - anybody can enter.
- Opportunity for national and international publicity. Media outlets from around the globe will want to cover the lottery and profile the new mayor. The lottery selection would be broadcast live over the internet around the world.
- Whoever you get can't be much worse than the politicians we currently have!
Related: Ottawa Politics Guide