September 3, 2015


Heat warning in effect

Latest News

Steeves' mayoral-run kickoff may have violated election spending rules

Gord Steeves, with his wife Lorri and family Hayden, Camille and Abigail, after he announced he will run for mayor in the 2014 election.

JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Gord Steeves, with his wife Lorri and family Hayden, Camille and Abigail, after he announced he will run for mayor in the 2014 election. Photo Store

One of Gord Steeves' potential rivals in the 2014 mayoral race says the former councillor's campaign launch may have violated city rules governing spending during elections.

Steeves, who served as the councillor for St. Vital for 11 years, launched his mayoral campaign Monday at Assiniboine Park's Family Centre.

According to the City of Winnipeg Charter and Winnipeg's campaign-expenses bylaw, candidates may not spend any money until they register their campaigns, acting city clerk Carlos Gameiro said Tuesday. The registration period for 2014 mayoral candidates begins at the end of April.

Charleswood-Tuxedo Coun. Paula Havixbeck, who is mulling a mayoral run, said she believes Steeves violated city rules by renting a venue and spending money on T-shirts, balloons, posters and a website before the campaign registration period.

"At best, it’s an oversight. At worst, it’s rule-breaking. People don’t want any more rules broken at city hall," she said Tuesday, adding Steeves pledged to restore trust in government at his launch event. "You kick off a campaign on the premise of breaking rules? It's really deplorable."

Steeves, who works as a lawyer, said he's looking into whether he followed campaign-finance rules. He said the cost of the event was minimal.

"It wasn't very much. I know that," he said.

The maximum penalty for anyone convicted of spending money outside the campaign-registration period is a $5,000 fine, Gameiro said.

The city clerk's office could not comment on Steeves' event before looking into it, he said.

Winnipeggers go to the polls on Oct. 22, 2014. Steeves is the only candidate to declare he will run for mayor.

Other candidates mulling runs include Havixbeck, current mayor Sam Katz, St. James-Brooklands Coun. Scott Fielding, lawyer Brian Bowman and former NDP MP and MLA Judy Wasylycia-Leis.

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 January 2015.

Scroll down to load more

Top