Prepare for a ‘very different city hall’
Mayor Brian Bowman looks ahead to the new year
Expect Mayor Brian Bowman to release more documentation in the new year that “has been requested and has not been provided to Winnipeggers and the media.”
Bowman made this pledge during a year-end interview with Metro last Friday, but wouldn’t say if the documents are the same ones being asked for by groups like the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
“I can’t make an announcement today, but I can assure you that having real openness and transparency is something I’m committed to,” he said.
“Winnipeggers are increasingly, as the year unfolds, going to see a very different city hall.”
In a wide-ranging interview, Bowman took questions on many subjects, including the current state of city hall with a difficult upcoming budget, and the continued fallout of the realestate audits.
Bowman acknowledged the fine line he treads in dealing with the city’s public servants: Not shying away from criticism but also not heaping it on unnecessarily.
Only two months in, Bowman said he has no plans to ease up on his frenzied pace at city hall, and he vows to make his four-year mandate count.
“For me, personally, it’s four years, that’s the mandate that I have, and that’s the mandate that I have to work with. I haven’t made a decision whether I’ll be on the ballot again,” he said, adding his past criticism of politicians is that “far too often, they’re thinking about their own political objectives.”
“I have four years, I want to make it count. Whether I chose to run or not, I may not have the opportunity to serve (again). Ultimately, that’s going to be up to the people of Winnipeg.”
Mayor Brian Bowman says he wants to make his four years at city hall count.