Broadcaster to run for Waterloo mayor on anti-LRT platform

Former Kitchener television personality Dave MacDonald will run for Waterloo's mayoralty in the 2014 municipal election on a platform of job creation and halting the region's $800-million light rail transit project.
Dave MacDonald says he is bowing out of LRT debate to focus his platform on open and accessible government. (Mike McCulloch/CBC)

Dave MacDonald, a former Kitchener television personality, says he will run for Waterloo's mayoralty in the 2014 municipal election on a platform of job creation and halting the region's $800-million light rail transit project.

MacDonald, who worked for 42 years as CTV Kitchener's weather specialist, will file his nomination papers for the Oct. 27 election on Friday, becoming the first person to do so.

"People think that the train has already left the station, I don't believe that's true," MacDonald said Thursday morning.

"I think we need to take a second look at it, I don't think we can afford it."

The contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the LRT line is expected to be awarded to one of the three groups of companies in the spring.

Service on the light rail transit line running between Fairview Park and Conestoga malls is slated to begin in 2017.

"If anybody thinks this thing's going to come in on budget, they're dreaming. I think we can probably get out of it for less than the cost of the overrun in the budget," MacDonald said.

A motion seeking examine cancellation costs was tabled by Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig at regional council in August, but it did not pass.

Touts community involvement, name recognition

MacDonald is currently the general manager of Faith FM, a faith-based radio station in Kitchener. He is also the executive director of Sound of Faith Broadcasting, the parent company of Faith FM which operates a total of four stations across southern Ontario.

While he has never been elected to office, MacDonald ran as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the 2011 provincial election in the Kitchener Centre riding, where he lost by 323 votes to incumbent Liberal MPP John Milloy. 

"The name recognition will help. It certainly helped in the provincial election when over 15,000 people trusted me with their vote," he said.

"I'm really well known in the community. People know me, people trust me." he said. 

"And I'm a very community-minded person. I'm involved in a lot of charities."


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