Glen Murray elected as Winnipeg’s next mayor: CTV News Decision Desk

Glen Murray will return to Winnipeg’s top office.

The CTV News Decision Desk has declared Murray has been elected as the next mayor of Winnipeg.

WHAT MURRAY HAS PROMISED

Throughout his nearly four-month campaign for mayor, Murray has made several promises, including a plan to fix city finances.

He has promised a one-year break from property tax increases in 2023 if elected. He said he will push for the province to give the city one per cent of the existing seven per cent provincial sales tax, which he said would grow with the economy.

On the Transit front, Murray has said Winnipeg will have an electric bus system with a complete, citywide frequent transit system by 2030. He said he intends to improve frequency along 13 key transit routes for 15 hours per day every day, and has promised to study light rail transit crosstown lines for consideration in the second phase of the rapid transit extension from 2030 to 2040.

Murray said he has a focus on building Downtown Winnipeg’s residential population, setting a goal of bringing about 30,000 people to live in the area. He said he will build on Winnipeg’s arts and culture to make the city “Canada’s most beautiful and creative.”

To address crime issues, Murray said he will increase foot patrols in key parts of the city, call for a review of the police board and address social, family and poverty issues in the city. He also plans to give cadets more opportunities to respond to issues, which he said will free up police resources for crime-related matters.

Among his other promises, Murray says he will restore Thunderbird House, and he will create a seniors’ task force to make a senior services delivery strategy.

MURRAY HELD SIGNIFICANT LEAD IN LEAD UP TO ELECTION DAY

This is the second time in his political career that Murray will serve as Winnipeg’s mayor. He held the office from 1998 to 2004 before leaving early in his second term to make an unsuccessful bid to become a federal Liberal MP.

In the time since, Murray has served six years as a Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario with the Liberal Party, including four years as the province’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

Murray stood out as a front-runner in the election, garnering high support from Winnipeggers.

He held support from 40 per cent of decided voters as of late September – well above his closest competition Scott Gillingham who saw 15 per cent support, according to a Probe Research poll commissioned by CTV Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Free Press.

His campaign was not without its setbacks. Murray faced sexual harassment allegations from his short stint as executive director at the Pembina Institute, a Calgary-based clean energy think tank, in 2017 to 2018. He has denied the allegations.

He did apologize during his campaign, saying there were concerns over his management style at the institute.

“I allowed that pressure to spill over into my work life. I am sorry for this, and I take responsibility,” he said during a campaign announcement in late September.

MURRAY TO TAKE OVER REINS FROM BRIAN BOWMAN

Murray will take over the city reins from Brian Bowman.

Bowman was first elected as Mayor of Winnipeg in 2014 and was re-elected four years later. He announced two years ago that he would not be seeing re-election.

“In my view, Manitoba has far too many career politicians,” Bowman said at the time. “I won’t be one of them.”

Bowman was Winnipeg’s 43rd mayor, and the first Indigenous mayor in the city’s history. 

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