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Maria McRae is an Ottawa City Councillor. She represents the River ward covering some of the cities southern suburbs. Born in Sudbury, Ontario McRae has an undergraduate degree in biology and a law degree from the University of Western Ontario. She moved to Ottawa only in 2001 working as a legal consultant and teaching at Algonquin College. She quickly became known in the community and in the 2000 Ottawa election ran to replace the departing Wendy Stewart . McRae, who was endorsed by Stewart, won a large victory against two opponents in the November 10 election.
She ran on a fiscally conservative platform opposing tax hikes, but faced with the significant budget shortfall she was forced to abandon this pledge. She also was criticized for paying Stewart $4000 dollars in consulting fees. She also won a reputation as one of the most dedicated and hardest working city councillors.
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