Councillor urges blackout on funding announcements in lead-up to civic election

Councillor urges blackout on funding announcements in lead-up to civic election

A Free Press editorial from September 2014 inspired a motion put forth at City Hall Thursday.

Coun. Brian Mayes (St. Vital) asked council to recommend the mayor and councillors refrain from making any funding announcements pertaining to spending on land dedication reserves or community grants in the 60 days prior to the 2018 civic election.

“Unlike provincial elections, there is no legal ban on funding announcements during city elections. This motion is an effort to adopt suggestions made in the Free Press editorial,” Mayes said in an email.

“I was one of the councillors criticized in that editorial (though for clarity none of the councillors named in that editorial actually broke any rule or law) and I am trying to address this concern that incumbents have an unfair electoral advantage.”

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A Free Press editorial from September 2014 inspired a motion put forth at City Hall Thursday.

Coun. Brian Mayes (St. Vital) asked council to recommend the mayor and councillors refrain from making any funding announcements pertaining to spending on land dedication reserves or community grants in the 60 days prior to the 2018 civic election.

“Unlike provincial elections, there is no legal ban on funding announcements during city elections. This motion is an effort to adopt suggestions made in the Free Press editorial,” Mayes said in an email.

“I was one of the councillors criticized in that editorial (though for clarity none of the councillors named in that editorial actually broke any rule or law) and I am trying to address this concern that incumbents have an unfair electoral advantage.”

“Council and its committees will continue to do business in September but the motion attempts to somewhat ‘level the playing field’ between incumbents and non-incumbents,” Mayes said.

The motion was directed to Executive Policy Committee for review.

Published at Thu, 25 Jan 2018 16:39:10 -0500

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