September 26, 2017

Winnipeg
10° C, Light rain

Full Forecast

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette promises reform at city hall

Robert-Falcon Ouellette candidate for Winnipeg mayor 2014 says voters can't trust the old guard at city hall.

SUPPLIED PHOTO

Robert-Falcon Ouellette candidate for Winnipeg mayor 2014 says voters can't trust the old guard at city hall.

Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette took a swing at two other candidates as he promised to reform city hall to end the abuses cited in the damning real estate audit.

Ouellette said city hall needs to break from the politicians that have governed in the past.

"Why were there no alarm bells not raised by present and former city councilors," Ouellette said, in direct reference to Coun. Paula Havixbeck and former councillor Gord Steeves.

In a written statement released late Monday afternoon, Ouellette, an administrator and occasional lecturer at the University of Manitoba, said the EY audit demonstrates voters can't trust the old guard at city hall.

Subscribers Log in below to continue reading,
not a subscriber? Create an account to start a 30 day free trial.

Log in Create your account

Add a payment method

To read the remaining 177 words of this article.

Pay only 27¢ for articles you wish to read.

Hope you enjoyed your trial.

Add a payment method

To read the remaining 177 words of this article.

Pay only 27¢ for articles you wish to read.

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 7/7/2014 (1176 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette took a swing at two other candidates as he promised to reform city hall to end the abuses cited in the damning real estate audit.

Ouellette said city hall needs to break from the politicians that have governed in the past.

"Why were there no alarm bells not raised by present and former city councilors," Ouellette said, in direct reference to Coun. Paula Havixbeck and former councillor Gord Steeves.

In a written statement released late Monday afternoon, Ouellette, an administrator and occasional lecturer at the University of Manitoba, said the EY audit demonstrates voters can't trust the old guard at city hall.

But Ouellette's charges against Havixbeck, at least, are without merit. While Havixbeck and Steeves both spent time on Mayor Sam Katz's powerful executive policy, Havixbeck was booted from EPC because of her constant criticism of recent moves at city hall.

Havixbeck (Charleswood-Tuxedo) has been the harshest critic of Katz and senior administrators as details emerged about the fire hall replacement program and the new police headquarters building.

Ouellette's list of reforms echoes similar pledges made by two other city hall outsiders — lawyer Brian Bowman and NDP veteran Judy Wasylycia-Leis.

Ouellette promised to create an "ethics conflict of interest commissioner who will have authority to advise rules on conflict of interests and ensure a fair and open process."

Ouellette, part Cree, also promised to create an Elders council, "to better connect our city’s indigenous residents to their urban government."

Included in his list of reforms for open government, Ouellette said he would create a "cabinet"-style governance model where councillors would be held responsible for portfolios and require councillors to attend quarterly neighbourhood meetings.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

Read more by Aldo Santin.

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

You can comment on most stories on The Winnipeg Free Press website. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.