• Statement on Blackridge Strategies

    During the 2018 Municipal Election Campaign, I contracted work to Blackridge Strategies for 2 items. Those items were a phone poll in Ward 2 to gage voter sentiments and a “get out the vote” phone message on Election Day as I did not have the capacity to execute these two items myself.  I chose Blackridge because they were local, not some firm out of Ottawa or Toronto.

    Throughout the campaign, my social media, printed materials and website content were produced 100% by me and my campaign team, not Blackridge Strategies.

    I consider former Councillor Ridley a friend, and in fact shared a campaign platform announcement with her, so recent news regarding a smear campaign allegedly coming from individuals with Blackridge bothers me considerably. Criticizing former Councillor Ridley’s parenting is especially troublesome to me because as someone who also has a parental role there have been occasions when a child in my care has had occupied themselves at city hall while I’ve had to fulfilled council duties. I have not faced criticism for this and I think that illustrates the double standard women unfairly face.

    Politics can be combative, but the focus should be the issues facing our community. Obviously in light of recent developments, I will not be contracting future work with Blackridge Strategies.

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