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Gord Steeves lays out accountability proposals

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Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves has pledged to observe a two-term limit, re-establish a city police office and establish a "treasury board" to scrutinize all major city construction projects if he's elected this fall.

In the first policy announcement since he registered for mayor in early May, the lawyer and former St. Vital councillor released a list of what he described as accountability measures that he will undertake at the first council meeting following the Oct. 22 vote.

They include requiring all councillors to state their political affiliations on the record, a direction for all city departments to develop performance goals and a pledge to present draft versions of the city's budget to all five community committees for consultation.

Steeves said in a statement he would also re-establish a defunct city department called Executive Policy Secretariat, using funds from elsewhere in the budget. That department was dissolved in 2009 and replaced last year with a new office of policy and communications, led by former Sam Katz chief of staff Bonnie Staples-Lyon.

Steeves plans to address reporters at city hall over the lunch hour.

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