Wednesday (Oct. 24) is Civic Election Day, and with eight candidates for mayor, 52 for council and more than 100 for various city school boards, Winnipeggers have a lot of important decisions to make about where our city is headed and who is going to lead us there.
Throughout the campaign the Chamber has engaged directly with several candidates for mayor and council to share the concerns of our members and the business community in general about issues like development, business taxes, permit processing times and the city’s transportation network. Our Board of Directors also had the opportunity to meet with the two leading contenders for mayor to hear their vision for Winnipeg.
To help spark conversations about key election issues, the Chamber hosted a half-day Livable Cities conference in September that featured presentations from some of the city’s leading thinkers in urban planning, place making, architecture and development, along with former Mayor Glen Murray announcing his return to Winnipeg. The event was capped off by a sold-out luncheon featuring world-renowned urban design expert Jan Gehl.
Many of the ideas discussed during the Livable Cities event were reflected in the Chamber’s response to the review of OurWinnipeg, the city’s master planning document, which was submitted during the election campaign and distributed to candidates.
This document lays out several concrete ideas for City Hall to increase density, make infill development easier, improve the mobility of people and goods, work more closely with the capital region and measure the progress we’re making toward development goals. Chamber President and CEO Loren Remillard shared some of those proposals in an editorial published in the Winnipeg Free Press on October 13.
In addition to the usual selections for city council and school board, Winnipeggers will also see a plebiscite question on the ballot for the first time in 30 years: “Do you support the opening of Portage and Main to pedestrian crossings?”
As a longtime proponent of the economic benefits of creating a livelier, more dynamic downtown, the Chamber has voiced its support for the #TeamOpen movement and talked about the business case for reopening the intersection.
But now the opportunity for input is yours. Polls will be open from 8 am to 8 pm on Wednesday and we encourage everyone to exercise their right to help determine Winnipeg’s future.
For analysis of civic election results, you can hear Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Loren Remillard on CTV Winnipeg between 8 pm and 10 pm, and Chamber Director of Policy Colin Fast on CBC Manitoba’s radio, online and TV coverage between 8 pm and 11:30 pm.
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