The State of Sam’s City — Highlights from Mayor’s Speech

Mayor Sam Katz delivered his 6th annual State of the City address Tuesday afternoon at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

A crowd of about 1,100 showed up to hear Katz speak, which included moments where he turned emotional and shared personal reflections on his children, divorce, and his distaste with a local newspaper.

Katz also drew attention when he called out the NDP for wanting to control City Hall. Recently, NDP MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis has had her name thrown around to replace Katz during the next election. “City Hall is for you, for all the citizens of Winnipeg,” he quipped.

Other highlights:

  • Measures taken over the last 6 years to address public safety, improving our infrastructure, rebuilding our recreational facilities, and ensuring Winnipeg is a positive city to work, live and play.
  • A plea to the Provincial government to revisit the Clean Environment Commission’s recommendation to force the City to spend $350 million and $9 million annually to remove Nitrogen from our wastewater, despite the hard science of over 60 leading scientists who believe this is a waste of money and perilous to the health of Lake Winnipeg.
  • A commitment to once again freeze property taxes for the 13th consecutive year, keeping Winnipeg competitive and among the lowest property taxes in Canada.


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