Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 08/22/2014 11:27 AM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 08/22/2014 12:03 PM | Updates
Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette has proposed a package of disclosure rules to combat what he described as "scandal fatigue" among the citizens of Winnipeg.
The University of Manitoba administrator said Friday morning if he's elected mayor, he'd ensure all donors to future mayoral and council races disclose their donors in real time.
Ouellette has disclosed all of his donors and most of Winnipeg's other mayoral candidates have pledged to disclose some or all of their donors later in the campaign. Gord Steeves is a notable exception.
Ouellette also said the city should compile and publish an annual list of contracts awarded to campaign donors. Contractors should abide by a set of ethical guidelines modelled on those used by Ottawa, he added.
Ouellette also pledged to expand the city's disclosure rules to ensure the mayor and councillors disclose all assets and properties they own, not just in Winnipeg, but outside Manitoba. He also said the family members of elected officials should be compelled to do the same.
Ouellette used Winnipeg's new downtown police headquarters as a backdrop for his announcement. Manitoba Justice has forwarded an audit of the police HQ project to the RCMP, along with an audit of major city real-estate transactions and the fire-paramedic station construction program review.
Earlier in this campaign, Ouellette called for an RCMP investigation into city hall.
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