Catherine McKenney

Catherine McKenney (born c. 1961) is an Ottawa City Councillor representing Somerset Ward which consists of Centretown, Centretown West, and the downtown core. McKenney was first elected in the city's 2014 municipal election.[3] An out lesbian, McKenney was the first openly LGBT woman to serve on Ottawa's city council.[4]

Catherine McKenney
Ottawa City Councillor
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Preceded byDiane Holmes
ConstituencySomerset Ward
Personal details
Bornc. 1961
Fort-Coulonge, Quebec[1]
Spouse(s)Catharine Vandelinde[2]

Political career

Prior to holding elected office, McKenney worked as a staffer in the offices of city councillors Diane Holmes and Alex Munter, and federal Members of Parliament Ed Broadbent and Paul Dewar.[5] McKenney supported Jim Watson in the 2014 mayoral election.[6] Elected in 2014, McKenney is widely recognized in Ottawa circles for their activism in promoting cycling and advocating for better biking infrastructure,[7] as well as LGBT rights.[8]

Electoral record

2018 Ottawa municipal election

Somerset Ward (Ward 14)[9]
Candidate Votes %
Catherine McKenney7,75476.66%
Jerry Kovacs1,46114.44%
Arthur David7016.93%
Merdod Zopyrus1991.97%

2014 Ottawa municipal election

Somerset Ward (Ward 14)[10]
Candidate Votes %
Catherine McKenney399740.13%
Jeff Morrison168116.88%
Martin Canning163116.38%
Conor Meade8078.10%
Edward Conway5765.78%
Thomas McVeigh4344.36%
Lili V. Weemen2923.94%
Denis Schryburt2232.24%
Sandro Provenzano990.99%
Curtis Tom770.77%
Silviu Riley430.43%


  1. Pearson, Matthew (21 October 2015). "The two Catherines: How to tell McKenney and McKenna apart". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  2. "Catherine McKenney, Catherine McKenna and Ottawa's struggle to tell them apart -".
  3. "McKenney replaces former boss Holmes; City hall insider holds senior post, once worked for longtime councillor". Ottawa Citizen, October 28, 2014.
  4. "Ottawa elects first openly queer woman to city council". Xtra Ottawa, October 28, 2014.
  5. "Catherine McKenney to run for Somerset Ward". Xtra Ottawa, April 22, 2014.
  6. "Ottawa votes: Somerset candidates answer our questions". Ottawa Citizen, September 25, 2014.
  7. "More action needed after cycling deaths: Catherine McKenney". Metro News. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  8. "Getting to know Catherine McKenney". Daily Xtra. 2014-10-31. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  9. "2018 Election Results". City of Ottawa. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  10. "2014 Election Results". City of Ottawa. Retrieved 2018-09-19.
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