“How did all this get started?”

As in most political careers, it started as a drunken joke, or threat against Jim Watson (the “human” incumbent) from among the working classes.  And the answer was usually “yes, your cat probably could do a better job!”  And, so stirred the rumblings of domesticated feline municipal reform in the electoral format with what could be a huge watershed moment for animal rights!  Finally, a cat could be back on top of the pyramid, as in ancient times…


“Yeah, but seriously?”

What, you’ve never heard of a cat being mayor before?  We have.  Stubbs.  Mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, since July 1997!  Look it up, we’ll wait.  Follow him on Twitter.  Also, ITS A DO NOTHING JOB!  Watson has proven this repeatedly.  And when he has tried to do anything, it always ‘promises’ to be two things; embarrassing and expen$ive.  Hopefully this city will never make an “Elizabeth Smart Park” under Watson’s watch, for fear of him confusing who the Ottawa poet was (see Jack Percell Park).



  • Meows a lot.  Some would say excessively.  In electoral politics this may be an advantage.
  • Puts other cats needs ahead of his own.  Witnessed regularly as he allows them to eat out of his bowl.
  • Loves this city.  Always wants to go outside.
  • Listens.
  • Litter trained.
  • Works well with other animals.


  • Ten years living in Centretown (entire life).
  • Raised with two black cats on Florence Street, he has now adopted Mephistopheles (a black kitten, last of the litter, from Fallowfield Road).
  • Student of Kitty (de facto leader of Occupied Ottawa’s sleeper cell).
  • Spent one night outside under the porch.  Didn’t like it.
  • Spokescat for human rock band “THE FAYS” and supporter of music and the arts.


“This isn’t a real campaign! It’s just an ingenious way of promoting your website, isn’t it?”

Can’t it be both?  Sure, there might be some more traffic other than the regular Google hits on the A2Zymurgy page.  More importantly, its an opportunity.  To really stick it to the established order of things.  This town doesn’t have to be lead like a slave to human hierarchy.  Put a cat on top, or no one at all!  People have long past the ‘need’ for leaders, kings, masters, bosses–even elected ones.  We don’t need anyone telling us what to do, and Faustus never will.  Hence, “In Faustus We Trust Us.”


“Sounds like crypto-anarchism!  Have you no shame?”

Desperate times.  Anarchists and other revolutionaries have long known that we couldn’t vote for a progressive enough representative(s) to simply “fix” our system.  Our settler governments (federal, provincial, municipal) don’t work that way.  They are purposely designed to favour the colonial/capitalist order.  We need to make these old, outmoded impressions of democracy cute, unthreatening and eventually irrelevant.  True forms of direct democratic decision making need to be brought to the vanguard if we want to see the change we need in our lifetimes.



“How does a cat even enter an election?”

Much like today’s professional politicians, Faustus has a team of devoted human helpers.  They make sure he arrives at his appointments safely and on time.  The team will sign the appropriate forms for entry.  His name, “Faustus” will appear on the ballot.  And voters will have the chance for a real change.


“Isn’t Faustus then, just another Trump or Boaty McBoatface?”

Depends on your point of view.  If you mean that Faustus is also an example of the precariousness of leader-centric systems derived from popularity contests, then sure!  But unlike Trump, Faustus is not interested in power or material gain.  He has soul and substance, with love unconditional.  Also fur.


“With the language barrier, how will Faustus be able to debate his opponents?”

If any of his opponents are interested in a debate with my cat, they’ve already lost.


“Okay, Faustus is great.  But how do we know he’s not being controlled by whoever feeds him?  Who interprets the will of Faustus?”

Wow.  FAQs are stupid.  You’re not getting it.  In fact, these “FAQs” are getting increasingly unlikely.  Have you ever tried training a cat?  They’re not dogs!  Ask anyone who knows him, Faustus is not easily swayed or silenced.  The whole point is that we won’t have a town leader who’s motives are suspect.  Lobbyists and condo developers from Toronto will have no human to bribe (or campaign to “contribute”).  Faustus will have no power or privilege.  And no, there won’t be any “special rights for cats.”  Faustus has often been a proponent of equal rights between other animals and humans.  But even with a cat mayor, animal rights and protection will still have a long way to go.  That’s why Faustus is an indoor cat.

Faustus is an advocate of equal rights, and long-time a longtime supporter of canines (like Finn!) and all other animal liberties (including humans).


The following is from our e-mail conversation with city officialdom…

From: A. James Brummel <thefaysband@hotmail.com>
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2018 2:31 PM
To: McKenney, Catherine <Catherine.Mckenney@ottawa.ca>
Subject: Mayoral nomination…

Hello Catherine! I have a question regarding Ottawa mayoral nominees. It may sound like a silly request–which is why I’m addressing it you directly–rather than facing the city’s bureaucracy by myself. I would also say, that it is meant to be a respectful request, it just may sound a little irreverent. And if it seems appalling in anyway, that’s totally cool, just felt like it had to asked! So, big question: can I nominate my cat for mayor? I know, I know, it sounds silly. But, there is precedence. I think it would also create an interesting dialogue about the electoral system. Pets aren’t explicitly forbidden. But, he’s like 12, not 18, which would be about 50 in cat years. Anyway, any thoughts about this would be appreciated. I made a page for him on my website, check it out if you want. And best wishes on your continued success in Ottawa!


In earnest and solidarity,

James Brummel

Booth Street


PS: I couldn’t find your e-mail address on your website. Which is why I sent a message in fbook before this. 😊



From: Lalonde, Catherine <catherine.lalonde@ottawa.ca>
Sent: July 19, 2018 12:02 PM
To: A. James Brummel
Subject: RE: Mayoral nomination…

Hi James,

On the behalf of the Councillor, thank you for writing.

And thank you for brightening up our day! I personally think Faustus would be a fine candidate. I am not sure how successful he would be at an all-candidate debate but I am certain he would find a creative solution to the recent rat-sighting uptake in Centertown.

I am happy to forward your email to Rick O’Connor, City Clerk & Solicitor, if you would like some clarity around your inquiries.



Catherine Lalonde

Adjointe, Bureau de la conseillère Catherine McKenney|

Assistant, Office of Councillor Catherine McKenney
Quartier Somerset | Somerset Ward

(613) 580-2424 ext. 27428

From: A. James Brummel <thefaysband@hotmail.com>
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2018 12:19 PM
To: Lalonde, Catherine <catherine.lalonde@ottawa.ca>
Subject: Re: Mayoral nomination…



Yes, thank you.  Please pass on my modest inquiry.  I’ve looked at the nomination and endorsement forms and there doesn’t seem to be any problems there.  I’m thinking a paw-print will do for a signature!  If it all seems okay, I’ll bring everything required next week (before the deadline).

And as to practical matters such as debates, we’ll see what Faustus is up for, but being absent seems to work for Conservative candidates!

Thanks again,

James & Faustus

From: “Lalonde, Catherine” <catherine.lalonde@ottawa.ca>
Sent: Jul 20, 2018 1:19 PM
To: “O’Connor, M. Rick” <Rick.OConnor@ottawa.ca>
Subject: FW: Mayoral nomination…

Hi Rick,

I have a good one for you today.

Please see the inquiry below. Could you kindly reply to the resident and keep me copied?

Many thanks!


Catherine Lalonde

Adjointe, Bureau de la conseillère Catherine McKenney|

Assistant, Office of Councillor Catherine McKenney
Quartier Somerset | Somerset Ward

(613) 580-2424 ext. 27428

From: O’Connor, M. Rick <Rick.OConnor@ottawa.ca>
Sent: July 23, 2018 10:34 AM
To: ‘thefaysband@hotmail.com’
Cc: Lalonde, Catherine; Paulin, Susan
Subject: RE: Mayoral Nomination – Faustus the Cat

Mr. Brummel and Faustus,

As City Clerk and Solicitor with the statutory responsibility for running the 2018 municipal and school board elections in Ottawa under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, (MEA), I am generally unable to provide a legal opinion on questions or issues related to same for any nominated candidates, prospective candidates or other persons/organizations.  However, I have reviewed your unique inquiry below and can offer the following observations and information for your consideration.

While I am not absolutely paw-sitive on Faustus’ eligibility to run for mayor (e.g. as you note such a feline nomination is not expressly prohibited by the statute), most observers would likely be purr-suaded by the current legislation to reject such a nomination form.  In brief, Section 29 of the MEA says, “a person may be nominated for an office”.  As such, many would argue that the reference to a “person” would likely disqualify Faustus outright, despite the fact that my grandmother used to say, “cats are people too.”

Faustus would also likely face some additional legal challenges as set out in the Province of Ontario’s 2018 Candidates’ Guide for Ontario Municipal Council and School Board Elections.  In the section subtitled, “Eligibility to run for election”, the relevant claws states as follows:

To run for a position on council you must be eligible to vote in that municipality.  On the day you file your nomination, you must be a Canadian citizen aged 18 or older, and qualify as a resident or non-resident elector.”

Paw-lease do not take your claws out, but for meow, I am purr-ty sure Faustus is not eligible to run for mayor (or any other local government public office).  That said, you should seek independent legal advice to fur-miliarize both of you with the relevant rules and purr-cedures under the MEA and other provincial statutes.

Thank mew, for this interesting, election question.


M. Rick O’Connor,

M. Rick O’Connor, CMO

Certified Specialist (Municipal Law: Local Government) | Spécialiste agréé (Loi sur les municipalités: gouvernement local)

City Clerk and Solicitor | Greffier municipal et avocat général

City of Ottawa | Ville d’Ottawa

Tel/Télé: 613.580.2424 Ext./poste 21215


From: A. James Brummel <thefaysband@hotmail.com>
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2018 1:28 PM
To: O’Connor, M. Rick <Rick.OConnor@ottawa.ca>
Cc: McKenney, Catherine <Catherine.Mckenney@ottawa.ca>
Subject: Re: Mayoral Nomination – Faustus the Cat

Mr. O’Connor,


Thank you for your reply.  This is basically what I expected.  And I definitely don’t want to waste anybody’s time with this–I’m glad you are responding in good spirit.


BUT, a couple of points before closing.  I consider Faustus a person, deserving all the rights and liberties people are entitled to.  Does that make him a person?  Not necessarily.  BUT, what if I wasn’t the only one, what if there were many voters who also considered him a person, and declared such.  I could provide endorsements from across the city.  The age (18 years) also could be argued as arbitrary and inapplicable to a “person” whose life expectancy is approximately 18 years.  A good lawyer could do this, but there is neither the time or money available for that recourse at so late before the nomination deadline.  Maybe next year!  Although, by the time its sorted out, Faustus may be 18 and have “human” rights! (considering Quebec’s Bill 54, where: “animals are not things. They are sentient beings and have biological needs.”)


The last few Ottawa elections for mayor have been awful.  No one has really challenged Jim Watson.  Looking at his opponents this year, he will likely win again with no trouble.  Great for Jim, not so good for the city.   BUT if someone could really give him a run–like a popular cat (for example), that would be interesting.  It would be an international news story.  People would be talking about Ottawa!  About “what’s going on.”  It could be a huge deal.  Or, a minor distraction from “legitimate” candidates.  In any case, it would turn a boring election into something fun.  Faustus could be a symbol for the city!


So, I’m unsure if I should try nominating him officially.  If you say it would be a waste of time, I’ll tend to believe you.  But I have time to waste on such ventures, and I have the $200.00 entree fee set aside.  I guess the question that would also have to be asked is, if the fee was refundable (if, the Faustus’ nomination was rejected)?

For more information about Faustus and his campaign, visit: https://613records.com/faustus-for-mayor/


James and Faustus (Brummel)


PS: If Catherine McKenney runs for mayor, Faustus would likely step aside and endorse her for the position.

RE: Mayoral Nomination – Faustus the Cat
O’Connor, M. Rick <Rick.OConnor@ottawa.ca>
Wed 07-25, 8:23 AM
McKenney, Catherine (Catherine.Mckenney@ottawa.ca);

+3 more

Faustus would like to thank all the people and other animals that have supported him and his campaign(s). His instagram account has changed paws, since he was never able to post anything (All cats do is scroll on the internet).