Previously, Monette was a township councillor in Cumberland Township from 1985 to 1991. In 1991, Monette ran for mayor of Cumberland but lost to incumbent Brian Coburn. In 1994, Monette ran for a seat on the regional council of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton but lost to Kreling in a race that was so close, it had to go to a re-count. Monette ended up losing by 23 votes. The Ottawa Citizen the next day had Monette with a ten vote lead, with a handful of polls still to come.
He and his wife, Pat and his three children live in Queenswood Heights.