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A Winnipeg restaurateur has filed a court motion asking Mayor Sam Katz to step down from office or repay all costs paid by the city to Hu's Asian Bistro.
Joe Chan, manager of the Cathay House restaurant, filed a declaration in the Court of Queen's Bench that alleges Katz is in a conflict of interest over contracts and food services related to Hu's.
In December, Katz held a taxpayer-funded Christmas party at Hu's, a restaurant he owns, for the second year in a row. The previous year, the mayor's office spent $2,915 on a gathering for city councillors, department heads and their families at Hu's, according to expense records.
Chan's court declaration alleges Katz has breached the trust of citizens by unfairly awarding a contract to a restaurant where he is the sole shareholder. Court documents reveal Chan has asked for the office of the mayor "be declared vacant" or that Katz repay any and all costs the city has paid the bistro.
Katz declined to comment on the matter following Wednesday's executive policy committee meeting.
"There's a process, I'll let the process unfold," he said.
Previously, the mayor has defended his decision to host the holiday party at his eatery, saying many places are booked up over Christmas and he can get a good discount.