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Paula Havixbeck proposed a Polar Bear Week to improve tourism and Michel Fillion suggested foreign-language 311 operators as Winnipeg's mayoral candidates gathered for their fourth forum of the week.
The city's seven mayoral hopefuls addressed the Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce at the Viscount Gort Hotel over the lunch hour today in a forum which offered little in the way of new policy but some opportunities to chide each other about their policies.
Earlier this week, the candidates addressed food-security issues, seniors and urban planning. Today's event was a general forum that offered candidates five minutes each to tell a business-minded crowd about themselves - and then 90 seconds to address the city's infrastructure deficit and offer ideas about promoting tourism.
During the opening round, only booking agent Fillion presented a truly new policy, suggesting 311 operators speak languages other than English or French.
The tourism question yielded more new ideas, as Charleswood-Tuxedo Coun. Havixbeck proposed Polar Bear Week and a Human Rights Week to promote Assiniboine Park Zoo and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, respectively.
University administrator Robert-Falcon Ouellette said the city must do more to promote indigenous culture to a receptive European market.
Lawyer Brian Bowman said the city should work with tourism authorities to create a universal tourism pass that would allow admission to multiple attractions such as the zoo and human-rights museum.
The forum also allowed the candidates, who are growing increasingly familiar with each other, to take apart their rivals' policies.
Former St. Vital councillor Gord Steeves chided Bowman and Ouellette for suggesting they can wrangle PST funding out of the province, noting the Selinger government is too heavy in debt.
Former provincial bureaucrat David Sanders told his colleagues to stop making promises no mayor can fulfill and focus on powers that actually belong to the City of Winnipeg.
Wasylycia-Leis took aim at Steeves, claiming his proposed property-tax freeze would result in more frozen pipes.
"If you like the crumbling infrastructure, you're going to love Gord Steeves," she quipped.
Bowman, meanwhile, recalled Wasylycia-Leis' role as a member of the Howard Pawley NDP government that brought in Manitoba's payroll tax.
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