Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 27/10/2010 (3509 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Incumbent Harvey Smith lost the NDP endorsement but won another term as councillor in Daniel McIntyre last night.
"It was quite a race," said the 73-year-old who has already served 18 years as a city councillor.
The ward had five strong candidates vying for the seat, some backed by the city's most experienced political operatives.
Early on, Smith said he had plenty of volunteers but without the NDP backing, fundraising was trickier this time around. Keith Bellamy, the assistant to area MP Pat Martin, wrestled the NDP endorsement away Smith.
"I don't hold any grudges," Smith said last night in his victory speech. But he accused one high-ranking NDPer of going all-out to fight him.
"I was battling cabinet minister Andrew Swan," said Smith, who saw the province's justice minister canvassing with Bellamy on Sunday. "I didn't support him for the leadership of the NDP," he said, adding he supported Greg Selinger.
Smith appeared in campaign brochures with the "endorsed by the NDP" incumbent school trustee Anthony Ramos, making it appear Smith had the party nod when he officially did not.
Ramos didn't respond to a request for comment.
Bellamy's campaign was run by former area MLA and cabinet minister Becky Barrett, a veteran of campaigns in the West End. Barrett said after the election that the municipal wing of the party will make a decision on what to do about Ramos.
When asked about how his rift with the party could affect him as a city councillor, Smith was nonplussed.
"I'm the same Harvey Smith I was before -- I'm a pragmatic person."
The friction between NDP candidates in Daniel McIntyre was expected to help Liberal school trustee Cindy Gilroy-Price's bid for a council seat. "The split will be helpful to us," said the candidate's dad, Ernie Gilroy, at her office on election night.
Gilroy-Price is the former co-chairwoman of the left-leaning Winnipeg Citizens Coalition that was founded in part to avoid diluting the left's influence in civic politics.
Lito Taruc was the only centre-right candidate. The popular Tagalog-language radio show host took some flak for not showing up at all-candidates debates and living in Tuxedo instead of the inner-city ward.
John Cardoso, a self-described centre-left candidate, was counting on the support of the West End's strong Portuguese and Italian communities. He finished a distant fifth.
Harvey Smith* 3,251
Cindy Gilroy-Price 3,143
Keith Bellamy 2,899
Lito Taruc 1,824
John Cardoso 645
Carol Sanders’ reporting on newcomers to Canada has made international headlines, earned national recognition but most importantly it’s shared the local stories of the growing diversity of people calling Manitoba home.
Your support has enabled us to provide free access to stories about COVID-19 because we believe everyone deserves trusted and critical information during the pandemic.
Our readership has contributed additional funding to give Free Press online subscriptions to those that can’t afford one in these extraordinary times — giving new readers the opportunity to see beyond the headlines and connect with other stories about their community.
To those who have made donations, thank you.
To those able to give and share our journalism with others, please Pay it Forward.
The Free Press has shared COVID-19 stories free of charge because we believe everyone deserves access to trusted and critical information during the pandemic.
While we stand by this decision, it has undoubtedly affected our bottom line.
After nearly 150 years of reporting on our city, we don’t want to stop any time soon. With your support, we’ll be able to forge ahead with our journalistic mission.
If you believe in an independent, transparent, and democratic press, please consider subscribing today.
We understand that some readers cannot afford a subscription during these difficult times and invite them to apply for a free digital subscription through our Pay it Forward program.