October 20 – Judy Wasylycia-Leis returned to the front lawn of her home today, the location of the first policy announcement of the campaign, to recommit to fixing City Hall if she is elected mayor.
“I have the experience to fix City Hall,” Wasylycia-Leis said. “My plan will help restore the ethical foundation of municipal government and rebuild the trust of Winnipeggers.”
Throughout the campaign, Wasylycia-Leis has outlined a sound, practical plan to address the serious concerns that have arisen at City Hall related to trust, procurement, and conflict of interest.
Already she has fulfilled two promises by disclosing her personal assets, as well as campaign donors over $250.
When mayor, she will also:
- Make her calendar available so Winnipeggers know where their mayor is;
- Provide full online disclosure of expenses so Winnipeggers know how mayoral allowances are being spent;
- Introduce a one-year cooling off period for former city officials from engaging with business at city hall so there will be no conflict of interest during and after city officials’ terms.
Additionally, Judy has promised to create Accountability Winnipeg, a new office that will:
- Conduct value for money audits that could be triggered by council, an employee or a citizen complaint;
- Oversee a new lobbyist registry to make the public aware of businesses, unions and other organizations that regularly meet with elected officials and city management;
- Administer a more vigorous code of ethics and conflict guidelines;
- Offer whistleblower protection which will provide a new avenue where employees can bring forward serious concerns about misconduct at City Hall without fear of losing their jobs or workplace harassment.
“We need a mayor who is trusted, experienced, and who has a track record of openness and accountability,” said Wasylycia-Leis. “My years of public service means I know how to get the job done.”