Winnipeg mayor wades into provincial election campaign


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Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz is making his voice heard in Manitoba’s provincial election. 

 

The right-leaning mayor has not endorsed any side in the campaign and took aim Tuesday at all parties over infrastructure spending.  

 

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In a news conference with Association of Manitoba Municipalities president Doug Dobrowolski at a street corner in a commercial area notorious for road congestion, Katz expressed disappointment at the lack of promises to upgrade crumbling roads, sidewalks and other infrastructure. 

 

“We’ve seen millions of dollars being promised for a variety of interests from those seeking office this election, but if you actually want to do something positive to improve the quality of life for our citizens, then step up and do what’s right and provide municipalities with a real funding source to address the priorities of the people who are electing you,” Katz is quoted in a news release. “What’s the point of investing more money into health care if ambulances can’t navigate our roads? Why pledge more money for community centres if we can’t even walk on our sidewalks? Although there are many laudable priorities, we need to take care of the basics and first address our infrastructure needs to have a lasting impact and make a positive difference.” 

 

Tory leader Hugh McFadyen has promised a $375 million infrastructure fund for municipalities over 5 years, and $40 million to pave hundreds of back lanes in Winnipeg. The NDP has boasted of it’s five year highway renewal plan and commitment to Manitoba Hydro building projects. 

 

Katz did take a swipe at the province’s NDP, reviving a complaint that the Selinger government falsely claimed in its last budget that it would commit a portion of the Provincial Sales Tax to infrastructure. 


Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz is making his voice heard in Manitoba’s provincial election. 

 

The right-leaning mayor has not endorsed any side in the campaign and took aim Tuesday at all parties over infrastructure spending.  

 

Story continues below

HangZhou Night Net

In a news conference with Association of Manitoba Municipalities president Doug Dobrowolski at a street corner in a commercial area notorious for road congestion, Katz expressed disappointment at the lack of promises to upgrade crumbling roads, sidewalks and other infrastructure. 

 

“We’ve seen millions of dollars being promised for a variety of interests from those seeking office this election, but if you actually want to do something positive to improve the quality of life for our citizens, then step up and do what’s right and provide municipalities with a real funding source to address the priorities of the people who are electing you,” Katz is quoted in a news release. “What’s the point of investing more money into health care if ambulances can’t navigate our roads? Why pledge more money for community centres if we can’t even walk on our sidewalks? Although there are many laudable priorities, we need to take care of the basics and first address our infrastructure needs to have a lasting impact and make a positive difference.” 

 

Tory leader Hugh McFadyen has promised a $375 million infrastructure fund for municipalities over 5 years, and $40 million to pave hundreds of back lanes in Winnipeg. The NDP has boasted of it’s five year highway renewal plan and commitment to Manitoba Hydro building projects. 

 

Katz did take a swipe at the province’s NDP, reviving a complaint that the Selinger government falsely claimed in its last budget that it would commit a portion of the Provincial Sales Tax to infrastructure.