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Bowman a New Generation of Leadership for Winnipeg

Winnipeg Votes 2014
By Amanda Thorsteinsson (@AmandaThors)

Brian Bowman
Mayor-elect Brian Bowman addresses supporters at Inn at The Forks on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 after being declared Winnipeg’s next mayor. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)
Chris Tweten
Bowman supporter Chris Tweten, 23. (AMANDA THORSTEINSSON / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Chris Tweten is a 23-year old lifelong Winnipegger, but he’s never voted in an election before in his life.

That is, until he voted to make political newcomer Brian Bowman Winnipeg’s newest mayor in Wednesday night’s civic election.

“It’s the first time the elections really hit home for me,” he said. “I felt previous elections wouldn’t make a difference in my life.”

Bowman upset frontrunner, and expected winner Judy Wasylycia-Leis, with a strong campaign that garnered 47 percent of the vote, compared to Wasylycia-Leis’s 25 percent of the vote.

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Gord Steeves Humble in the Face of Defeat

Winnipeg Votes 2014
By Tammy Karatchuk (@TammyKaratchuk)

Gord Steeves
Gord Steeves, with wife Lorrie, addresses a crowd of supporters at his Scurfield Boulevard campaign office on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Gord Steeves
Gord Steeves (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — He’s not mayor, but he’s humble. Though Gord Steeves lost his bid to be Winnipeg’s next mayor on Wednesday night, in his concession speech, he came across a winner.

In front of approximately 40 people at his headquarters on Scurfield Boulevard, Steeves congratulated mayor-elect, Brian Bowman, who won the race with a convincing 111,504 votes.

“This is a gentleman who has a great passion for the City of Winnipeg,” Steeves said of Bowman. “I encourage you to work with him.”

Steeves admitted it was a “tough night” and his speech would be “one of the hardest short speeches of my career,” from a podium set up in a warehouse.

Steeves fell to fourth in the mayoral race with 21,080 votes.

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Ouellette Doesn’t Rule Out Another Mayoral Run

Winnipeg Votes 2014
By Megan Benedictson (@YWGMDB)

Robert-Falcon Ouellette
Defeated Winnipeg mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette greets supporters at his campaign headquarters in St. Boniface on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. (MEGAN BENEDICTSON / CHRISD.CA)
Robert-Falcon Ouellette
Robert-Falcon Ouellette (MEGAN BENEDICTSON / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Robert-Falcon Ouellette may have come in third place in the race for Winnipeg’s mayor, but the crowd packed inside his Provencher Boulevard headquarters welcomed him as though he had won.

“Robert, Robert,” they chanted as he entered wearing a wide smile, followed by “Falcon, Falcon.”

Ouellette, the Calgary-raised program director for the University of Manitoba’s Aboriginal Focus Programs and father of five, summed up the reason for the celebratory mood in his speech, describing how a campaign that started on the “fringe” grew to a group of “contenders” and “game changers.” He also said how it united people across political party lines, and aboriginal and non-aboriginal people from across Winnipeg, to work for a common cause, while inspiring people who hadn’t previously voted to engage in the political process.

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Wasylycia-Leis Not Done Her Fight to Build a Better Winnipeg

Winnipeg Votes 2014
By Sean Ledwich (@SeanLedwich)

Judy Wasylycia-Leis
Defeated Winnipeg mayoral candiate Judy Wasylycia-Leis delivers her concession speech to supporters at the Fort Garry Hotel on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. (MONIQUE PANTEL / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — It was not the outcome supporters of mayoral contender Judy Wasylycia-Leis were hoping for Wednesday night.

“I feel quite sad,” said a sombre Terry Boettcher, 66, as results flashing on two large screens in the Fort Garry Hotel’s Grand Ballroom made it clear Wasylycia-Leis, a career NDP politician, had been bested in the race to be Winnipeg’s next mayor by lawyer Brian Bowman.

It was obvious from the faces in the crowd of about 125 volunteers and supporters he wasn’t the only one feeling low.

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Havixbeck Unsure of Future After Mayoral Defeat

Winnipeg Votes 2014
By Luke Jacob Thiessen (@ljthiessen)

Paula Havixbeck
Leftover election signs for Paula Havixbeck at a rather quiet campaign party at Canad Inns Fort Garry on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Paula Havixbeck
Paula Havixbeck

WINNIPEG — Paula Havixbeck says after serving a term on Winnipeg city council and running unsuccessfully for mayor, what she needs next is a couple of days of rest.

“Or at least one, to get my bearings.”

Havixbeck, who gave up her council seat in Charleswood — Tuxedo to run for mayor, told supporters Wednesday night she’s proud of the campaign she ran.

“I’m pleased that I went right to the end,” she said in a speech. “There was a point where you could say, ‘I’m folding my camp into someone else’s,’ and I refused to do that.”

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Brian Bowman Declared New Mayor of Winnipeg

Winnipeg Votes 2014

Brian Bowman
Brian Bowman has been declared Winnipeg’s new mayor. (SARAH TAYLOR / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Brian Bowman will be Winnipeg’s next mayor.

Bowman, 43-year-old privacy lawyer and political newcomer, defeated veteran politician Judy Wasylycia-Leis by clinching 47.54% of the vote (unofficial results) in Wednesday’s municipal election.

“My friends, I am excited to tell you, positive change is coming to city hall,” Bowman said to a packed room of supporters at Inn at The Forks. “What an incredible night… when this campaign started, we made the case for positive change in Winnipeg. That negative, old-school politics had no place in our campaign or in our city.”

Bowman received 111,504 votes to Wasylycia-Leis’ 24.92% (58,440).

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New Faces Make Up Winnipeg’s City Council

Winnipeg Votes 2014

Winnipeg City Hall
City Hall, 510 Main Street (CHRISD.CA FILE)

A shakeup on Winnipeg’s city council has seven of 15 new faces to work with new mayor Brian Bowman.

*Results are unofficial

Who’s new:

Janice Lukes (St. Norbert)
Scott Gillingham (St. James — Brooklands)
Shawn Dobson (St. Charles)
Matt Allard (St. Boniface)
Jason Schreyer (Elmwood — East Kildonan)
Cindy Gilroy (Daniel McIntyre)
Marty Morantz (Charleswood — Tuxedo)

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LIVE TWEETS: Winnipeg Polling Stations Close

Winnipeg Votes 2014

Voting - Poll Station

Polling stations have officially closed in Winnipeg’s municipal election.

Early voter turnout reached a record high on Wednesday, with 27.7 percent of eligible Winnipeg voters casting a ballot by 4 p.m. That figure also includes advanced polls.

Find tweets from our reporters and photographers as they cover #wpg14 below. We’ll have full coverage shortly as results begin to trickle in.

Semi Gets Stuck After Colliding with Overpass Near Brandon

Grain Bin Truck Accident
A pilot vehicle collided with the rear of a semi-trailer truck hauling grain equipment after it suddenly became stuck under a railway overpass on Highway 110, east of Brandon, on Thursday, October 22, 2014. (IAN HITCHEN / BRANDON SUN)

A semi-trailer hauling an oversize load collided with an overpass on Highway 110 east of Brandon Wednesday morning.

The semi, being escorted by pilot vehicles, was travelling southbound at around 11:45 a.m. when the accident happened south of Provincial Road 457 West.

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Ouellette ‘Nervous,’ But Has No Regrets in Mayoral Campaign

Robert-Falcon Ouellette
Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette shakes the hand of an election official at his local polling station on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. (CHRISD.CA)

Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette cast his ballot at a polling station in St. Vital on Wednesday.

Ouellette is one of seven candidates vying to be Winnipeg’s next mayor and will be watching the results come in with family and friends this evening at his Provencher Boulevard campaign headquarters.

“I don’t know if I could do anything different,” Ouellette said when asked to reflect on his campaign. “I guess I could have run around trying to get support from business people other than special interest groups, but I think what’s what actually allows my campaign to be as independent as it has been.”

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