By Sarah Klein
Mayoral candidate Paula Havixbeck wants the provincial government to cover the city’s increased borrowing costs after Moody’s Investor Services downgraded Manitoba’s outlook.
The Charleswood — Tuxedo councillor says if elected mayor, she will formally ask the Selinger government to cover additional costs to the City of Winnipeg from “their reckless spending that causes increased borrowing.”
“This spending is out of control and has been for years,” Havixbeck said. “In over a decade of NDP government they have over-taxed, over-spent, and now over-borrowed.”
Havixbeck said that if the province refuses to pay the increased costs, she will institute a city-wide hiring freeze in an attempt to control costs and avoid raising taxes.
“It is important that we as a city live within our means and when I am elected as mayor, I can tell you we will live within our means.”