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Council takes next step in bringing an ethics commissioner to city hall

Councillor Matt Allard and Mayor Brian Bowman

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Councillor Matt Allard and Mayor Brian Bowman

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Winnipeg may yet get an ethics commissioner to police the activities of the politicians at city hall.

Council unanimously voted Wednesday to instruct the public service to come up with plan on how to create the post.

The move is the latest attempt by city politicians to create the ethics commissioner post despite repeated assertions by their own public service that they can’t.

Mayor Brian Bowman made good on the pledge he made Friday to bring the issue back to council, supported by Coun. Jenny Gerbasi and the rest of council.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 17/6/2015 (1491 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Winnipeg may yet get an ethics commissioner to police the activities of the politicians at city hall.

Council unanimously voted Wednesday to instruct the public service to come up with plan on how to create the post.

The move is the latest attempt by city politicians to create the ethics commissioner post despite repeated assertions by their own public service that they can’t.

Mayor Brian Bowman made good on the pledge he made Friday to bring the issue back to council, supported by Coun. Jenny Gerbasi and the rest of council.

Gerbasi had first called for an ethics commissioner in 2008 and council in 2013 finally agreed to explore the idea. But the public service says it would require legislative amendments to the Winnipeg Charter to make the position have any real authority.

But the provincial government has insisted city hall already has the power to create the position and has so far refused to consider any such amendments.

Bowman said creating the post of ethics commissioner would help restore the public’s trust in city hall – given the allegations of conflict of interest involving politicians, developers and senior administrators from the last administration.

Bowman said he wants to see what powers city hall can impose on an ethics commissioner without legislative changes, adding the province may have to get involved at some point.

 

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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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