Incumbent, Christian Provenzano officially launched his campaign to continue as The Sault’s Mayor Wednesday evening. His campaign launch, held at Outspoken Brewing, saw a fairly substantial crowd gather as he shared highlights from his first term in the mayor’s seat, thanked his growing family, and looked to the future of Sault Ste. Marie as a challenge he would like to continue endeavouring to shape.
Provenzano’s wife Kyleigh and the couple’s two daughters, Chloe (10 months) and Isla (2 1/2 years) were there to cheer him on along with Ann and Frank, his parents. Reflecting on the support he has enjoyed from family and friends, the mayor said, “Without your support, I would bot be standing here – running for this position again.”
He also acknowledged Steve Butland and Susan Myers as two members of city council he grew to admire and consult with. Both were in attendance for the campaign kick-off. So too, was (former) MP Ron Irwin, who Provenzano says he turns to as a mentor. Ron Irwin was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1980 federal election as a Liberal MP for Sault Ste. Marie. He served as parliamentary secretary to Jean Chrétien while the latter was Justice Minister. Irwin was defeated in the 1984 election but returned to Parliament in the 1993 election.
Provenzano stated that during his first term, there was much to tackle, not the least of which was Essar Steel (now Algoma) and the ramifications the tax issue had for the community.
Provenzano shared a list of accomplishments and challenges over the last four years. Included were issues that he led Council through, or worked as Mayor to undertake as goals for his vision of community. Mentioned during his speech was, OLG modernization, oil prices falling and the challenge that created locally, Tenaris Algoma Tubes lay-offs, First Nations consultations on several projects, the Mayor’s Youth Advisory, Gore Street development and revitalization, The Pump Track, a comprehensive Code of Conduct for Council, Immigration Strategy, Sault Area Hospital angioplasty suite (Cardiac Angiography), the Finn Resthome and VanDaele Long-term care beds approved, a vacancy management plan, the freezing of honorariums for mayor and council, LED streetlights, transit, fire master plan, Future SSM strategic plan, smart city strategy, the splash pad, Energy Storage, Algoma Steel in a positive position moving forward, and NORONT Resources Inc. bid for the ferrochrome smelting plant.
Provenzano stated that “honest, factual and sincere’ are two requirements for members of his campaign team.
He closed his speech, saying that he hopes to lead the Sault as Mayor for a second term, “By continuing to build a better community with a bright future.”
The 2018 municipal elections in Ontario will be held on October 22, 2018. Voters in the province of Ontario will elect mayors, councillors, school board trustees and all other elected officials in all of the province’s municipalities.
Provenzano was first elected to the Office of Mayor in October 2014.