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This article was published 30/8/2014 (972 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Frequenters of the Free Press website had plenty to say about two polls that were released last week showing former NDP MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis is the front-runner in Winnipeg's mayoral race.
If we as taxpayers think we got shafted by Katz and his cronies, I think Judy will put them to shame by squandering even more of our hard-earned money than he and his buddies did.
Can't be any worse than the fella who was elected previously under the guise of being a "fiscal conservative." Look where that got Winnipeggers -- the worst roads in history, backroom deals amongst "friends" over-budget projects with little to no supervision and higher taxes... go figure. Oh, and don't forget the pending RCMP audit of the real estate dealings.
Great, now we can have an NDP tax-and-spend government at the municipal level as well. The provincial NDP change the laws as they like, go back on promises and have spent our province into debt that will last well into our children's years. What a shame someone smart, qualified and business-minded couldn't run for office.
Well, she can't possibly do worse than Sammy.
At this point it makes no matter who is leading. We still have had no candidate with a vision for the city, and no overarching view of what our city should be and how to take us there. Individually, some candidates have expressed some interesting concepts (transparency, for example), but anyone could institute them.
My vote is to move my family outside the Perimeter Highway.
I have no beef with Judy. My concern is she leans far to the left, and that is not what we need right now. If you think taxes are high under the current regime, wait until Judy gets in power and begins to mimic our illustrious premier and his fiscal policy. It's going to be spend, spend, spend, tax, tax, tax, spend more, tax more. If you feel undertaxed right now, vote for Judy.
-- Big Al
In my opinion, Judy would make an excellent mayor -- the antithesis of the sly businessman whose No. 1 priority is himself. When she was MP she was very involved in the community and kept her constituents well-informed, with regular bulletins about national issues that would affect them, as well as community issues. I was proud to have her represent us in Ottawa for the 13 years she was our member of Parliament.
The field is just going past the clubhouse for the first time. After the long weekend, they'll be in the backstretch, where some serious jockeying for position will start to happen. Even considering that, JWL currently in the lead is a matter of concern. I can't believe she is even in this race.