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Councillor calls provincial rule unfair, possibly unconstitutional

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WINNIPEG - A nine-year-old provincial rule that requires city councillors to lose their jobs if they want to run for provincial office is unfair and possibly unconstitutional, says St. Vital Coun. Gord Steeves.

In 2002, the province amended the City of Winnipeg act to require councillors to forfeit their seats if they are nominated at the provincial level. The elections act was then amended to reflect the change in 2005, Steeves said.

This prevents high-profile municipal politicians from threatening incumbent MLAs during provincial elections, Steeves said.

On Monday, the 11-year council veteran brought a walk-on motion to council’s Secretariat committee to ask the premier to remove the two laws as soon as possible. The committee voted in favour and the matter will head to executive policy committee on Wednesday.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 17/1/2011 (2767 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

WINNIPEG - A nine-year-old provincial rule that requires city councillors to lose their jobs if they want to run for provincial office is unfair and possibly unconstitutional, says St. Vital Coun. Gord Steeves.

In 2002, the province amended the City of Winnipeg act to require councillors to forfeit their seats if they are nominated at the provincial level. The elections act was then amended to reflect the change in 2005, Steeves said.

This prevents high-profile municipal politicians from threatening incumbent MLAs during provincial elections, Steeves said.

On Monday, the 11-year council veteran brought a walk-on motion to council’s Secretariat committee to ask the premier to remove the two laws as soon as possible. The committee voted in favour and the matter will head to executive policy committee on Wednesday.

Steeves said he is not seeking the change for personal reasons, although he admitted he is considering a run for provincial or federal office in the future. Steeves is a federal Liberal and is friends with Manitoba Progressive Conservative leader Hugh McFadyen.

If EPC agrees with the motion, city council will consider it on Jan. 26.

 

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Updated on Monday, January 17, 2011 at 1:37 PM CST: Corrects typo.

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