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Bowman betting he's better for business

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS</p><p>Mayor Brian Bowman held a press conference at World Trade Centre Winnipeg announcing how he plans on increasing trade and business to Winnipeg Friday.</p>

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Mayor Brian Bowman held a press conference at World Trade Centre Winnipeg announcing how he plans on increasing trade and business to Winnipeg Friday.

Brian Bowman says he’s committed to continuing lowering the business tax and promoting Winnipeg as a great place to live and work if he’s re-elected as mayor.

During a Friday morning news conference at the World Trade Centre Winnipeg office, Bowman said he’s overseen a gradual reduction in the business tax each year in his first term, and his plan is to keep doing that for the next four years.

“I believe we’ve changed for the better (over the past four years), and businesses and people are increasingly taking notice of Winnipeg’s tremendous economic advantages,” Bowman told reporters.

According to a Free Press/CTV Winnipeg Probe election poll released last week, the incumbent has a commanding lead over challenger Jenny Motkaluk, with the support of 61 per cent of decided voters, compared to 28 per cent for Motkaluk.

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Brian Bowman says he’s committed to continuing lowering the business tax and promoting Winnipeg as a great place to live and work if he’s re-elected as mayor.

During a Friday morning news conference at the World Trade Centre Winnipeg office, Bowman said he’s overseen a gradual reduction in the business tax each year in his first term, and his plan is to keep doing that for the next four years.

"I believe we’ve changed for the better (over the past four years), and businesses and people are increasingly taking notice of Winnipeg’s tremendous economic advantages," Bowman told reporters.

According to a Free Press/CTV Winnipeg Probe election poll released last week, the incumbent has a commanding lead over challenger Jenny Motkaluk, with the support of 61 per cent of decided voters, compared to 28 per cent for Motkaluk.

Bowman released a set of campaign commitments for the next four years, including:

– Having city staff work with business owners to identify a list of the top 10 outdated bylaws or regulations council could update or eliminate.

– Continue to hold an annual small-business summit, an event he put in place in partnership with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

– Continue to lower, but not completely eliminate, the business tax rate.

– Improve communication with local business owners who could be affected by road construction projects, with the objective of lessening the impact on their business.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

Aldo Santin

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Aldo Santin is a veteran newspaper reporter who first carried a pen and notepad in 1978 and joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1986, where he has covered a variety of beats and specialty areas including education, aboriginal issues, urban and downtown development. Santin has been covering city hall since 2013.

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