Former city councillor Gord Steeves led a parade of supporters to city hall Friday, where he made his campaign for mayor official and promised to restore public confidence with city hall.
'Over the last three years, the citizens of the city of Winnipeg don't feel a part of their civic government' -- mayoral candidate Gord Steeves
"Over the last three years, the citizens of the city of Winnipeg don't feel a part of their civic government, they don't feel like they have an ownership in their civic government... and, regrettably they don't necessarily trust it," Steeves said moments after filing his campaign- registration papers.
Steeves walked into the clerk's office at city hall just after 10 a.m., Friday accompanied by his wife, Lorrie and, about 100 supporters.
"If I am elected mayor of this city, I promise to steadfastly, each and every day, resolutely represent the hopes, dreams and interests of all the citizens of this great city that we all call home."
Steeves said Winnipeggers are overtaxed but would not state if he favoured a tax freeze for next year.
Steeves was the councillor from St. Vital from 2000 to 2011. He ran unsuccessfully as a Liberal in the 1995 provincial election and he quit city hall to run provincially as a Tory in the 2011 election. He's been practising law for the past three years.
Steeves was a member of the powerful executive policy committee under mayors Glen Murray and Sam Katz, and was part of the group on council that supported the promotion of the now-disgraced Phil Sheegl to chief administrative officer.
Steeves' campaign for mayor got off to a bad start when he formally launched his campaign in late October -- a violation of civic election rules, which prohibit campaigning before May 1.
Steeves faces a tough road to the Oct. 22 civic election. While he is nominally the front-runner among a handful of right-of-centre candidates, two public-opinion polls place him far behind former New Democrat MP and MLA Judy Wasylycia-Leis.