Diane Deans

Diane Elizabeth Deans is a member of Ottawa City Council, Canada, representing Gloucester-Southgate Ward in the city's southeast, representing more than 49,500 residents.[1]

Diane Elizabeth Deans
Ottawa City Councillor
Assumed office
December 1, 1994
Preceded byJoan O'Neill
ConstituencyGloucester-Southgate Ward (2001–present)
Southgate Ward (1995-2000)
Personal details
Political partyLiberal Party of Canada
Spouse(s)Ian Deans (div.)


A graduate of the University of Guelph she was active in the Canadian Federation of Students before becoming a staffer on Parliament Hill.[2]

Deans was first elected to Ottawa city council in 1994. Prior to Ottawa and its surrounding municipalities were amalgamated in 2001, she faced a tough election against George Barrett. In the 2003 Ottawa election, she handily defeated two lesser-known opponents. After victory in the 2006 Ottawa election, Deans began her fifth term as Councillor for Gloucester-Southgate ward. In the 2010 election, Deans was re-elected in her Gloucester-Southgate Ward.[3] She was once again re-elected in 2014 for her seventh consecutive term.[4]

Deans considers herself a centrist member of council but traditionally takes a liberal stance on most issues. In the mid-2000s, Deans' main concern had been the creation of a new branch for the Ottawa Public Library in her rapidly growing ward,[5] now called the Greenboro Library.[6] She also supported by-laws limiting smoking in the city, while not supporting a lawn pesticide bylaw in 2002 and 2005. She has engaged in public clashes with Mayor Bob Chiarelli while advocating for her ward.

Deans is the Chairperson of the City's Community and Protective Services Committee of the City of Ottawa.[7] She also sits on the Transportation Committee, the Finance and Economic Development Committee, Member Services Committee, and the Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation.[8] She is currently co-chair of the Seniors' Roundtable.[9]

Deans sought the federal Liberal nomination in the riding of Ottawa South in 2004. She lost to David McGuinty. She was seen as a possible candidate to challenge Chiarelli for the mayoralty in 2006, but chose to run for re-election in Gloucester-Southgate Ward.

In March 2007, Diane Deans announced that she had been approached by members of the Ontario Liberal Party urging her to seek the party's nomination for the riding of Ottawa Centre. She received the support of the sitting MPP Richard Patten. On June 4, 2007, she lost the provincial nomination to Yasir Naqvi.[10]

Personal life

Deans was married to former New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Ian Deans for 22 years.[2][11]

In September 2019, Deans was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.[12]


  1. "Appendix A - Ward Population and Area". ottawa.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-05-04. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  2. "Ian Deans (1937-2016): NDP firebrand went on to head Public Service Staff Relations Board". Ottawa Citizen. May 3, 2016. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  3. City of Ottawa - Councillor Diane Deans ottawa.ca. Retrieved April 2011
  4. "'Lucky seven' for Diane Deans: Voters re-elect Gloucester-Southgate incumbent | Metro News". metronews.ca. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  5. Citizen, The Ottawa. "City Hall's invisible servants". Canada.com. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  6. Diane Deans - Ottawa Councillor ottawakiosk.com. Retrieved April 2011
  7. "Community and Protective Services Committee". ottawa.ca. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  8. "Standing committees". ottawa.ca. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  9. "Seniors Roundtable". ottawa.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-06-10. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  10. "Deans loses Liberal nomination to 34-year-old lawyer".
  11. "Former Hamilton Mountain NDP MP Ian Deans dies".
  12. "Diane Deans diagnosed with 'insidious' ovarian cancer". CBC. September 24, 2019.
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