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What matters most on June 21, 2018
Ryan Thorpe06/21/2018 4:44 PM
Mayor Brian Bowman and city council have spoken: it's time for the firefighters' local to get in line with other civic unions in Winnipeg and start picking up the tab for its president's salary.
Council made its position on the matter resoundingly clear Thursday, voting 14-1 in favour of Bowman's motion seeking to get taxpayers off the hook for the cost of United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg President Alex Forrest once and for all.
"We're playing clean-up on this matter and I'm grateful members of council supported the direction and the motion that was brought forward. What we're trying to do is we're trying to fix things. We're also trying to not make the same mistakes that were made in the past," Bowman said, following the vote.
The lone dissenter was Coun. Ross Eadie (Mynarski), who was endorsed by the UFFW during the last municipal election in 2014. Prior to voting, Eadie rose from his seat to speak to the motion, saying that while he agreed the city shouldn't be paying Forrest's salary, he considered the motion "political bait."
06/21/2018 4:44 PM
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