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Fielding says goodbye to city hall

Scott Fielding poses in city council chambers before his last day.

PHOTO BY SARAH PETZ

Scott Fielding poses in city council chambers before his last day.

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After eight years in office, Scott Fielding finished his last day at city hall this week. Fielding, now the former councillor for St. James-Brooklands, had promised to stick to an eight-year term limit during his 2006 campaign. He has chosen to run as a PC candidate in the next provincial election.

“At city hall, you’ve got a lot of the same players that are there, so I just personally feel that eight years was enough for me. I just wanted to live up to that commitment I made to people,” he said.

“Personally I felt that at the municipal level, term limits are good because it just brings in new and fresh ideas and people into the situation.”

During his time on council, Fielding filled a number of roles, including serving as the first chairperson of the police board.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 4/11/2014 (1783 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

After eight years in office, Scott Fielding finished his last day at city hall this week. Fielding, now the former councillor for St. James-Brooklands, had promised to stick to an eight-year term limit during his 2006 campaign. He has chosen to run as a PC candidate in the next provincial election.

"At city hall, you’ve got a lot of the same players that are there, so I just personally feel that eight years was enough for me. I just wanted to live up to that commitment I made to people," he said.

"Personally I felt that at the municipal level, term limits are good because it just brings in new and fresh ideas and people into the situation."

During his time on council, Fielding filled a number of roles, including serving as the first chairperson of the police board.

Fielding recently received the PC nomination for Kirkfield Park. He said he’s hoping his time as councillor will lend itself well to his campaign, considering the borders of the riding fall partly in his old ward.

"I know every street, I know every back lane from being people’s representative for eight years. So I think, for the most part people know what I stand for and the types of decisions I make and that I listen to people," he said.

One of the biggest issues Fielding wants to tackle are wait times at Grace Hospital on Booth Avenue, which are some of the worst in the country.  A report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information in September showed that some patients waited over nine hours before seeing a doctor, a record Fielding called "abominable."

Though he initially endorsed former Coun. Gord Steeves early in his campaign for the mayor’s seat, Fielding said he was in full support of new mayor Brian Bowman.
Fielding has known Bowman since college.

"I think that Brian’s bringing a new focus in terms of his message of openness and transparency. I think it’s something that people really embraced. I think he’s going to be a fantastic mayor.

"He’s just an honest, trustworthy guy. I think our citizens are really fortunate that we’re going to have him in our leadership."
Steeves had also endorsed his successor, Scott Gillingham, to fill his old council seat.

"I can tell you he’s more than an honest and trustworthy person, and someone who’s going to make some common sense decisions," he said of Gillingham.

Going forward, Fielding said he thinks city council should prioritize improving Winnipeg’s deteriorating infrastructure and instilling a greater sense of transparency at Hall.

"You don’t have to walk three or four blocks to see that we need some major improvements to our roads," he said.

Fielding’s last day at city hall was Nov. 4.

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