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Budget woes not Bowman's doing
Aldo Santin is dead wrong in blaming the current city budget "crisis" on newly elected Mayor Brian Bowman (Budget crisis Bowman's creation, Jan 17).
Sure, Bowman could easily have taken the path of least resistance and followed previous administrations in continuing to shell out taxpayers' money to civic employees and interest groups. But that would merely be delaying the inevitable, and is exactly the sort of behaviour that is bankrupting other North American municipalities.
Bringing an end to the gravy train at city hall will be painful. As we saw all too recently with the severance vote, some old-school councillors will do everything in their power to sabotage Bowman's platform of change and integrity, especially when their own entitlements are at stake.
But blaming Bowman for the crisis makes as much sense as blaming a person who reports a fire for causing it in the first place.
Concerns about coming election
Curtis Brown predicts that Manitoba candidates who are MPs or replacing retiring MPs will win in the next federal election, and so seat counts for political parties will not change (The incumbency advantage, Jan 17).
His analysis of past trends suggests that voters fear change, and commit to party leaders rather than to local candidates.
Incumbents make sure that their own supporters will vote. Even pollsters' expectations of a "sure win" for a candidate can fuel voter indifference in that riding.
In the 2011 federal election, there were reports of the misdirection of certain voters by election-day phone calls, and we can expect new types of vote suppression in 2015. And if campaigns here become as aggressively negative as in the U.S., voter turnout may fall to an all-time low.
We must demand Elections Canada and the CRTC enforce the rules. We must all vote — whatever the 2015 election outcome, it should be justly obtained.
Trades sector fuels innovation
I applaud the new mayor's steps to embrace the tech and innovation sector of business ('Entrepreneurial energy,' Jan. 17).
I find it ironic, however, that the picture introducing Innovation Alley was taken beside three tools that have been used by tradepersons for well over 100 years: the bench vise, metal bender, and the English wheel. All of these require manual skilled labour for efficient use.
Advancing innovation-technology sectors is essential for us to stay competitive with other markets, but I hope the mayor also remembers to support the trades sector that helps build the foundations from which others can innovate.
A small but special market
Re: Teemu moved on, so should city (Jan. 17). You can't change who we are.
No matter how great our city becomes — and lately it has a lot to be proud of — people and their general psyche remain the same.
As a small market, Winnipeg sports fans crave a superstar on a national or international level to make us feel better about ourselves — knowing one of our own has made it to the big time (even if they aren't native Winnipeggers). Thus, the Teemu Selanne following, Dale Hawerchuk (to an extent), and lest we forget former Bomber quarterback Dieter Brock, who was despised for leaving but soon became an adopted son when he made it to the NFL.
The return of the Jets gave many a self-esteem boost as the city returned to the international sports stage. But many sports fans feel the need to believe we are more rather than accepting who we are — a great city with tremendous amenities and kind, generous, hard-working people always willing to lend a helping hand.
Smooth skating ahead
Congratulations to everyone responsible for the fantastic job done on the Red River Mutual Trail at The Forks. The ice is wider and in superb shape.
With a new city council, this trail feels symbolic of the new directions and positivities Winnipeggers are feeling — there's smooth skating ahead.
Oswald's pledges too costly
Re: In-school tutoring for math, reading (Jan. 16). Why is it every time Theresa Oswald opens her mouth, she is promising to spend more money?
What does she not understand about fiscal responsibility?