Mayor Rob Burton's Election Remarks
"Please join me in thanking all those who put themselves out there as candidates to keep democracy strong.
"To those whom the voters have trusted with elected office: let’s all dedicate ourselves to working together for what the people voted for. Tonight’s result shows that our Livable Oakville approach to planning and controlling growth, debt and taxes is now more than ever truly the people’s vision and the people’s plan – and why not, we created it together with huge public participation. The increase in support for our Livable Oakville plan and vision feels good.
"Our renewed mandate shows how happy people are with the facilities we’ve built and will build, with the services we’ve improved and will improve, and with our self-sustaining approach to good repair of infrastructure that we implemented and will maintain.
"People are happy that we did all that while slowing the growth in their property taxes – to less than inflation, & far less than they had with the previous mayor.
"Our renewed and stronger mandate means the people want to continue on the path to be Canada’s most livable town in Canada’s most sustainable – and safest – region.
"Our success tonight belongs to each of us as voters and as volunteers for our efforts. Your effort as scrutineer, canvasser, sign crew member, donor, designer, writer, office staffer – and as voters – all made tonight’s success possible. Thank you for such a job well done! And please let me give special thanks to my family. Their support sustains me. They make me feel such a lucky man. Now please help me thank our campaign manager, Darryn McArthur, who always went (and made us go) the extra mile.
"Now let’s congratulate the members of the new 2014-18 Council. Remember, it takes a council to create a town we all want. The people of Oakville have returned most of the Council who worked together so well to create and enact our Livable Oakville vision! We welcome our newcomers, and salute our retirees.
"Our success today belongs to each of us who worked and voted for it. Our future belongs to all of us who make this town our home. Remember that when we pull together with hard work, creativity and imagination, it’s onward and upward for our town as Livable Oakville!
"Thank you, Oakville, for your confidence and trust!"
Rob Burton, October 27, 2014