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Sanders to leave no stone unturned

Vows to return power to council

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There were no promises of quick fixes or easy solutions in David Sanders' first mayoral news conference.

Instead, the retired provincial bureaucrat promised to regain control of the civic administration and engage citizens in the decision-making process at city hall.

"I am seeking a strong electoral mandate to turn over all the rocks at city hall to ensure that there will be significant consequences for all those who have acted improperly, or who have failed to act properly," Sanders said during a Tuesday news conference at The Forks.

But it may be a case of too little and too late for Sanders, who only registered his campaign three weeks ago. While other candidates have explored tax freezes, infrastructure and rapid transit, Sanders offered no position on any of these issues.

Sanders has been a frequent visitor at city council and committee meetings during the past year, where he established a reputation for stinging rebukes of senior administrators, who he insists have deliberately misled council and have been key players in the series of mismanaged projects and skyrocketing project increases.

Sanders said city councillors need to take a greater role in the decision-making process, adding too much of that has been hijacked by senior administrators.

"I believe that council must reassert informed control over major city plans, projects and program decisions," Sanders said.

"By virtue of their election, city council members are uniquely qualified to represent the values of our citizens and they must never delegate that role to the civic administrations."

Unlike other mayoral candidates who have released a growing list of pet projects they'd either pursue or cancel, Sanders said city hall should give priority to projects that promise to maintain and enhance economic growth.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 3, 2014 B4

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