Wasylycia-Leis Giving Up MP Pension If Elected

Judy Wasylycia-Leis (CHRISD.CA)

Mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis only wants one income coming in if she’s elected mayor next Wednesday.

The former NDP MP vowed to give up her pension from her 13 years in Ottawa for each year she is mayor. The roughly $68,000 would be redirected to the Winnipeg Foundation to support children’s programming

Wasylycia-Leis made the announcement at the University of Winnipeg, following a student-organized mayoral forum, which Mayor Sam Katz did not attend.

She also continued to push for transparency and accountability at City Hall, calling for all councillors to play a greater role in the decision-making process.

Part of her plan would be to restructure the internal budgeting process to ensure all councillors can formally participate in budget discussions to ensure the interests of all Winnipeggers are represented in the city’s financial planning.

A community access coordinator position would also be implemented under Wasylycia-Leis’ leadership, with the responsibility of making City Hall more accessible to the public, with an emphasis on youth, senior citizens, new Canadians and the Aboriginal community.