Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 09/2/2014 11:38 AM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 09/2/2014 2:46 PM | Updates
Gord Steeves took his mayoral campaign Tuesday morning to the front-runner’s headquarters.
Steeves staged his news conference in front of Judy Wasylycia-Leis’ campaign office, to contrast the differences between what each is offering voters.
"I want to frame this debate and I want this debate to be about real campaign issues," Steeves said. "There is no issue that is more central than the issue of property taxation. We have stark differences in our position and I want people to understand that."
Steeves used a tactic similar to that employed by Sam Katz in 2010 against Wasylycia-Leis — portraying the former New Democrat MP and MLA as the candidate who will impose property tax increases Winnipeggers can’t afford.
"I am sounding the alarm bell because again more tax hikes are coming for Judy Wasylycia-Leis," Steeves said. "They’ll be coming in the form of higher property taxes, but they are shrouded in mystery," adding she needs to be specific on how she will increases taxes.
While saying Wasylycia-Leis will impose a 12 per cent property tax increase, Steeves renewed his commitment to freeze property taxes, adding he’ll find the funds for necessary work by selling civic properties and finding "efficiencies" in department budgets.
Wasylycia-Leis held her own news conference at her campaign office a few minutes later, where she joked about Steeves’ appearance and outlined her own electoral commitments.
Steeves also dismissed Brian Bowman’s ambitious plan to complete bus rapid transit to all corners of the city by 2030. Steeves said Winnipeg can’t afford any version of rapid transit, adding the money would be better spent on other infrastructure needs.
"The money does not exist," Steeves said, adding property tax increases are a real possibility for the completion of the just second phase of the southwest bus corridor.
Updated on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 2:46 PM CDT: writethru with additional info
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.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
'Violent, deliberate' crosscheck could cost Byfuglien
Norway hands Canada's Simmons his first loss
The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, dies at 117
Jets fall flat in crunch time
ER doctor acclaimed as federal Liberal candidate
Iraq-Ukraine mission costs kept secret
Officials examining why plane landed short of Halifax runway
More job cuts expected at U of M
Joni Mitchell hospitalized in Los Angeles
Jeff Browaty wants to be federal Tory candidate in Kildonan-St. Paul
Two NDP MLAs want their colleagues to sign a pledge to stop leaks to the media
Wallin expensed private trips, RCMP allege
Info watchdog calls for access overhaul
Federal spending on child care to hit $7.7B in 2015-16: PBO report
Chefs not happy city institutes annual parking pass for food trucks
Transcona rated worst in city's litter index
First baseman Casey Haerther coming back to the Goldeyes
Officials finish examining plane crash site
Buhari: Nigeria embraces democracy, 1-party state behind us
Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law
Study gets behind the private school edge
CFS report on Tina a private matter: province
Study finds quarter of hockey helmets tested unsafe
No nuke agreement yet: Iran talks push past deadline
Bombers add receiver Derrick Hector
Man charged in deaths of boys by python
Trevor Noah defends self in backlash to old tweets
Man sought in connection with restaurant robbery
Canada gets a breather before semifinal
Decemberists at the Burt in July
Yard waste collection begins next week
Manitoba average weekly earnings show strong yearly growth
Newish Jewish noshes
Canada urges speed on Syria appeal in Kuwait
Super-fruit even more super grown here
Rob Ford apologizes for racial slurs
Pleading for federal cash
Railway relocation isn't blowing smoke
Chicago firm moves to acquire cabinetmaker with local ties
Sunny later today, even warmer on Wednesday