Pre­pare for a ‘very dif­fer­ent city hall’

Mayor Brian Bowman looks ahead to the new year

Metro Canada (Winnipeg) - - WINNIPEG - BER­NICE PONTANILLA ber­nice.pontanilla@metronews.ca ADRI­ANA MINGO/FOR METRO

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.

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