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Alex Allard is running for city council in Transcona in the Oct. 24 civic election.
Allard, a retired Winnipeg Police officer and Mission Gardens resident since 1983, said he wants to get straight to work at City Hall.
"I’m ready," said the father of six and grandfather of 13. "I don’t view the councillor position as a job. I recognize it as a commitment, and a commitment far beyond myself."
I look to lead the people of Transcona, rather than just react to their complaints.
If Allard is successful on Oct. 24, he said he would prioritize the interests of Transcona, and eastern Winnipeg. He cites concerns with the aging Louise Bridge and the impending closure of Concordia Hospital’s emergency room as issues he would tackle head on.
"As soon as I’m elected, I will join forces with the other parties who are working on that," Allard said. "I look to lead the people of Transcona, rather than just react to their complaints. For that, you need a vision of what can benefit the community."
An extension of Chief Peguis to Plessis or Day is one project Allard said he would like to see come to pass, if elected. Another is further development of Southland Park, which will be a part of the Transcona ward following the election.
"It would put Southland Park and Transcona on the map for years to come," Allard said. However, he said he could not discuss the plan further at this time. "I have to be elected as a councillor to start promoting that vision because it involved other parties outside of the city to push that agenda through."
Allard added that his background in community policing gives him insight into crime prevention that other candidates lack.
"I understand when people complain about the break ins here and the graffiti," he said. "I’m familiar with all that, and how people can access police resources."
While Allard admitted he may not have been as visible on the campaign trail as some of his opponents, he said he has already hit the ground running as far as preparing for the job of city councillor.
"My focus has been on getting to work," he said. "I want to be ready on Oct. 25. I want to replace Russ Wyatt from Day 1."
Community journalist — The Herald
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