Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

City still waiting for province's police board candidate: Katz

  • Print

Mayor Sam Katz said the city is still waiting to find out who the province plans to appoint to the Winnipeg Police Board.

Last week, the city announced the names of appointees who will oversee the Winnipeg Police Service on the new police board, including protection and community services chairman Coun. Scott Fielding, lawyer Paul Edwards, Glen Karr, Mary Jane Loustel, Leslie Spillet and Elmwood Coun. Thomas Steen.

One provincial appointee, Louise Simbandumwe, raised concerns it is a conflict-of-interest for the Winnipeg Police Service to do background checks on citizens who will oversee the police force. She suggested an outside body such as the RCMP should do it, not the police force she is being appointed to oversee.

Justice Minister Andrew Swan wrote to the head of the Manitoba Police Commission for insight on the matter.

"We believe these concerns have merit and I write to you to seek your views on whether you share these concerns about the potential for conflict-of-interest and whether you’ve heard similar complaints raised by other board members or applicants," Swan said in a letter dated March 7.

A spokeswoman said Swan is still waiting to hear back from commission chairman Rick Linden.

Katz said he is not concerned about the Winnipeg Police Service conducting the background checks on appointees, saying it’s pretty standard across the country. He said the city told the province they would have to come up with another candidate if their appointee did not agree to the security check.

Katz said the province agreed to put forward another name, and he’s surprised by some of Swan’s comments.

"They said they would provide another candidate and we’re just waiting for that," Katz said Wednesday.

Next week, city council will vote to approve appointees nominated by the city, including Edwards, Karr, Loustel, Fielding and Steen.

Provincial appointees do not have to be approved by city council.

Coun. Jenny Gerbasi (Fort Rouge) said she’s concerned by Edwards’ appointment as vice-chair of the police board since he previously worked on the mayor’s election team.

Edwards, a lawyer and former Manitoba Liberal Party leader, co-chaired Katz’s re-election team in 2010.

"The essential point of a police board is to have policing policy decisions de-politicized," Gerbasi said in an email. "This appointment creates at the very least, the optics and perception of a politicized police board."

Gerbasi said the other appointees proposed by executive policy committee come from business backgrounds, as opposed to a more diverse representation.

Katz said Edwards is very capable and very knowledgable and the city looked for a broad spectrum of people from different backgrounds.

"If you checked I’m not sure you could find someone with better credentials," he said.

jen.skerritt@freepress.mb.ca

History

Updated on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 10:04 AM CDT: updates

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Gail Asper says museum honours her father’s vision

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • JOE.BRYKSA@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Local-(  Standup photo)-    A butterfly looks for nector on a lily Tuesday afternoon in Wolseley-JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS- June 22, 2010
  • Ruth Bonneville Winnipeg Free Press January 18, 2011 Local Standup -

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Should the Canadian Museum for Human Rights use the word 'genocide' in exhibits on Indian residential schools?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google