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

Winnipeg Votes 2014
By Sean Ledwich (@SeanLedwich)

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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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Winnipeg Voters Elect New Mayor, Council Today

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Mayoral candidates Judy Wasylycia-Leis and Brian Bowman (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Months of campaigning by seven mayoral candidates to create a better Winnipeg comes to an end today as voters head to the polls in the city’s municipal election.

Frontrunners Judy Wasylycia-Leis and Brian Bowman were virtually tied in a new poll released on Monday by 680 CJOB and Global Winnipeg. One of them will become the city’s next mayor after polls close at 8 p.m., seeing either the seasoned politician or privacy lawyer form the new administration at city hall.

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Wasylycia-Leis Slams Bowman in Final Pitch to Voters

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Mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis (HANDOUT)

Judy Wasylycia-Leis used a media opportunity on Tuesday to focus squarely on her main opponent, Brian Bowman.

The Winnipeg mayoral candidate said Bowman’s $1.2 billion in promises should be a concern for voters.

“Winnipeg can’t afford Brian Bowman’s inexperience,” said Judy. “He’s been asked throughout the campaign to cost his campaign promises but has steadfastly refused to do that.”

Wasylycia-Leis said her four commitments work out to be $290 million.

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Wasylycia-Leis Targets Key Routes for Infrastructure Repair

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Judy Wasylycia-Leis (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis committed on Tuesday to rebuilding Winnipeg’s key local and regional roads if elected.

Wasylycia-Leis spoke to reporters in front of a crumbling section of Roblin Boulevard in front of the Assiniboine Park Zoo to make her point.

“The poor conditions of our roads create headaches for Winnipeg drivers and leave an unfavourable impression on visitors who come here to see world-class attractions such as the Journey to Churchill exhibit,” Wasylycia-Leis said. “Investments in regional and local streets are critical to the economic health of our city.”

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Wasylycia-Leis Maintains Lead in Winnipeg’s Mayoral Race

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Judy Wasylycia-Leis leads the mayoral race with 41 percent of the vote among decided Winnipeggers. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Judy Wasylycia-Leis is leading the pack ahead of six other candidates vying to be Winnipeg’s next mayor.

A new Probe Research poll (PDF) commissioned by the Winnipeg Free Press and CTV Winnipeg show the former NDP MP with 41 percent of the vote among those already decided.

Wasylycia-Leis was also leading in August when a ChrisD.ca poll conducted by Forum Research had her at 21 percent.

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Wasylycia-Leis Would Devote $20M to Active Transportation

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Mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis (HANDOUT)

Winnipeg mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis would earmark $20 million for bike paths and other active transportation infrastructure if elected.

While standing on a bike path at the corner of Sterling Lyon Parkway and Shaftesbury Boulevard on Thursday, Wasylycia-Leis said the improvements would be made over the next four years. Funding would come from the $400 million plan to fix the city’s roads.

“When people walk and cycle to their destination they make themselves healthier and reduce wear and tear on our infrastructure,” said Wasylycia-Leis. “Active transportation is healthy for our citizens and our city.”

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Wasylycia-Leis Pledges More Affordable Housing

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Mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis speaks outside of Living Gospel Church on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. (HANDOUT)

Mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis outlined her plan for increasing affordable housing units in Winnipeg on Wednesday.

Speaking outside of Living Gospel Church on William Avenue, Wasylycia-Leis said she would expand the use of tax increment financing, while using inclusionary zoning policies and buy out options.

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Havixbeck Not Seeking Endorsement from Special Interest Groups

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Paula Havixbeck

Mayoral candidate Paula Havixbeck says she isn’t seeking to receive an endorsement from unions or special interest groups, unlike her opponent Judy Wasylycia-Leis.

The United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg publicly endorsed Wasylycia-Leis on Monday.

“They openly endorsed Judy when she was sitting as a provincial NDP cabinet minister,” Havixbeck said. “I prefer to stay away from aligning my interests with those of special interest groups, as many of them expect special treatment down the line.”

Havixbeck said she supports the UFFW, but prefers to work with groups in an open and transparent way.

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Wasylycia-Leis Lands Firefighters’ Endorsement

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Judy Wasylycia-Leis (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg have thrown their support behind mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis.

The firefighters’ union backed the former NDP MP on Monday during a joint news conference at the Fire Fighters Museum on Maple Street.

In 2010, the UFFW endorsed Mayor Sam Katz — the main opponent of Wasylycia-Leis during her unsuccessful bid for mayor four years ago.

“We feel Judy is the right person at the right time,” said UFFW president Alex Forrest, noting her provincial and federal political experience.

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Wasylycia-Leis Pitches OurWinnipeg Studio

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Judy Wasylycia-Leis (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Judy Wasylycia-Leis wants to create a single space for innovation and creativity to come together to form new ideas to better the city.

The Winnipeg mayoral candidate proposed on Tuesday the OurWinnipeg Studio, similar to Vancouver’s CityStudio.

The idea would be a permanent setting where city planning staff, educators, students, practitioners and Winnipeg urbanists can come together to actively engage in putting innovative ideas into action.

Wasylycia-Leis said the low-cost initiative would have a coordinator to work closely with universities, colleges and other organizations to provide opportunities for student internships, discussion groups, consultation and citizen engagement.

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