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Gord Steeves Humble in the Face of Defeat

Winnipeg Votes 2014
By Tammy Karatchuk (@TammyKaratchuk)

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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)
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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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Steeves Presses on in Fight Against BRT Expansion

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Gord Steeves (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg mayoral candidate Gord Steeves took one last opportunity to contrast himself against opponent Judy Wasylycia-Leis on Tuesday.

Standing at the site of the Parker Lands at the corner of Hurst Way and Parker Avenue, Steeves said his plan to fix aging infrastructure is money well spent instead of building the second leg of bus rapid transit.

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Steeves Vows Never to Open Portage and Main to Pedestrians

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Gord Steeves (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Gord Steeves doesn’t want pedestrians to cross at Portage and Main — ever.

The mayoral candidate said on Monday, if elected, he would ensure the concrete barriers preventing pedestrian access at the busy intersection remain in place.

“If we open the intersection to pedestrian traffic we would destabilize the businesses located in the underground mall at Portage and Main,” Steeves said. “Brian Bowman’s plan to reopen this intersection will keep investors away and does not promote commerce at Winnipeg’s iconic intersection.”

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Gord Steeves Would Enact City Hall Hiring Freeze

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Gord Steeves (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves would enact a hiring freeze at city hall, saying a halt to salaries in non-essential positions could save $5.6 million annually.

“Our city government is growing faster than the city itself is, and that’s not sustainable,” Steeves said. “We need to control our expenses and keep those costs in line with our growth.”

Steeves said on Monday the savings can be found without job losses or layoffs through attrition. He will also implement a budget control system requiring all departments prepare monthly payroll reports with actual wages by position, overtime costs and the comparison with the monthly budget.

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Steeves Plans $150M for Infrastructure Repair

By Brian Schultz

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Gord Steeves (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves plans to inject $150 million per year into Winnipeg’s crumbling roads if he’s elected.

Steeves said his plan for rebuilding infrastructure would also include an around-the-clock construction schedule.

“I will ensure that money is spent on building quality regional and local streets which are built right the first time so we don’t have to keep going back to make repairs every 10 years,” he said.

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Steeves Wants More Grand Forks Tourists in Winnipeg

Mayoral hopeful Gord Steeves wants the city to attract more visitors from the northern U.S. to increase tourism in Winnipeg.

The candidate, in a rare Sunday announcement, said he would create a “Grand Forks Weekend” if elected to draw in residents from North Dakota.

“We all know Winnipeggers head to Grand Forks to enjoy shopping trips in the United States,” Steeves said. “I want to ensure Grand Forks residents know they can get the same experience in Winnipeg.”

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Steeves Takes Aim at Brian Bowman’s Campaign

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Gord Steeves (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves turned his attention away from frontrunner Judy Wasylycia-Leis on Friday and over to fellow candidate Brian Bowman.

Steeves called on Bowman to state how he would be funding the many promises he has been making throughout the campaign, including bus rapid transit.

Steeves said he’s crunched the numbers and found Bowman would have to raise property taxes between 30 and 35 percent to pay for the second leg of BRT.

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Steeves Would Reduce “Walk-In” Reports at City Commmittees

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Gord Steeves (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Gord Steeves on Wednesday pledged greater transparency and openness at city hall if elected.

The mayoral candidate said he would bring back a secretariat position for the executive policy committee to review all reports before the committee sees them. Steeves says since the secretariat was disbanded, political influence could be directed at administration before reports were presented to the EPC.

“We need more openness and less political interference on policy development,” the former St. Vital city councillor said.

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Gord Steeves Takes It to the Streets

Gord Steeves Takes It to the Streets

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Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves (right) and Wise Up Winnipeg founder Todd Dube (left) greets a voter who was driving by on Kenaston Boulevard and pulled over to show his support for photo radar fairness on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Steeves has made photo radar a sticking issue in his campaign, constantly speaking out against its cons and shift from a safety mechanism to a revenue-generating source for the City of Winnipeg. (HANDOUT)

Gord Steeves Would Overhaul Photo Radar

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Gord Steeves (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg mayoral candidate Gord Steeves would make drastic changes to photo radar in the city if elected.

Steeves on Wednesday said since the program was introduced in 2002, its focus has shifted from promoting public safety to being a cash grab.

“If we don’t make changes soon, the city will face the expense of having to refund fines collected from wrongfully-issued tickets en masse,” Steeves said.

The former city councillor said enforcement is targeting deficiencies in traffic engineering standards such as the improper setting of speed limits, poor speed limit signage and improper amber light timing at intersections.

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