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Motkaluk Promises to Create Police Task Force to Tackle Meth Crisis

October 4, 2018 3:14 PM | News

Jenny Motkaluk

Mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — Mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk promised a crackdown on methamphetamine during a campaign announcement Thursday.

Motkaluk said, if elected, she would create a dedicated meth task force within the Winnipeg Police Service to dismantle meth distribution in Winnipeg.

“Tough problems require tougher solutions,” Motkaluk said.

“Our meth crisis isn’t going to be solved by standard enforcement tactics. It’s reached near epidemic status and its destroying lives.”

Motkaluk said the unit would be comprised of specialized police officers and investigators, working in coordination with provincial and federal authorities.

“Striking a dedicate meth task force and giving them the necessary tools and flexibility to operate is what it’s going to take to combat our meth crisis.”

Motkaluk said under Mayor Brian Bowman, crime rates have risen to take Winnipeg to a point of having the highest violent crime rates per capita in Canada.

Bowman releases names of campaign donors

Incumbent Brian Bowman on Thursday released the names of more than 100 donors to his re-election campaign.

Each candidate can receive up to $2,500 per donor to their campaigns.

Brian Bowman

Mayor Brian Bowman speaks during a campaign announcement on Monday, October 1, 2018. (@MAYOR_BOWMAN / TWITTER)

Among the donors were philanthropist Gail Asper, Fort Garry Hotel managing partner Ida Albo, Cinnaholic franchisee Menchie Finlay, PlaceMakers managing principal Hazel Borys, philanthropists John and Bonita Buhler, former premier Gary Filmon, businessman and investor Hartley Richardson, business leader Sandy Riley, and Parlour Coffee founder Nils Vik.

“Winnipeggers should be able to have open access to the names of campaign donors prior to election day regardless of the level at which they contribute,” Bowman said.

“I was committed to this level of disclosure in 2014, and I remain committed to this level of disclosure today even though other candidates have indicated their intention to keep this information secret from voters.”

Rival Jenny Motkaluk hasn’t released the names of her campaign donors.