CBC Mayoral Forum – October 14


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CBC TV and Radio will be hosting a mayoral forum on Thursday, October 14th from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. You can watch it live on channel 2, listen live at 89.3 fm, or stream the video and/or audio at CBC Manitoba.

After the forum, take a few minutes to discuss the candidates, issues, and the format of the debate with your family and friends. Following your discussion, please post some comments related to your thoughts. What did you learn about the candidates? What did you learn about democracy? What did you learn about the political process in Winnipeg?

Please respond by Friday morning at 9:00 AM.

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23 thoughts on “CBC Mayoral Forum – October 14

  1. What did you learn about the candidates?Sam Katz – Extremely tough on gangs, but need more police. And revitalizing community center and having professional staff there. Before major businesses come they need to lower the city of Winnipeg business tax, big businesses don’t want to pay taxes because they don’t have to pay them in other places. You want tourism, you also want people coming to your city; make a waterpark and keep people off the streets. Lobby the senior levels of government for fair distribution of taxes dollars. GROW ECONOMY by attracting business, by Ikea coming getting $8 million. Against the raise of property tax. Julie Wasylycia-Leis – Puts gangs before more police, wants more people working in community centers. Wants to invest in crime and violence (major problem in why no major businesses are here). Fix infrastructure. Waterpark? Is it the best use of our money. If you have private investors willing to make the waterpark then sure. Wants rapid transit. Raise property taxes by 2.2% a year. Wants people that commit crime to work for city later on. Bring down crime by giving the right punishment for the crime. What did you learn about democracy? The candidates want to know what is important to the people and will try to do what the people want done within the constraints of the government. By having this mayoral forum the people get to hear what the candidates are hoping to do while they are in office. After this people can make an educated vote.What did you learn about the political process in Winnipeg?The political process in Winnipeg is open and there are opportunities for people to hear the political platforms for each political party. -Tailyn

  2. I thought that Judy whatever came off looking worst because of the question that she was asked about when she would release the specifics about her policies. Also i noticed Sam Kates looked quite nervous when he was being questioned about the crime it looked like he knew he was loosing the debate which is never a good thing to show. Rav Gil I thought did the best job of presenting his points without attacking other people. Which to me shows that he is confident in his polices. This made him look like he knew what he was talking about more than the others because he focused on his points not on attacking other he told people why they should vote for him not why they shouldn't vote for the other canidates.jeremy

  3. Considering it was my first time to watch the mayoral elections I thought that from watching the mayoral forum you can learn a lot about things you didn’t know. From the four candidates there were different pros and cons about each. I also learned some new and interesting things about each one of the candidate, Winnipeg and democracy. From the four candidates for mayor, they all had different characteristics. Firstly there was Sam Katz. He was the previous mayor and has experience was I found was useful. However, he always seemed to be arguing whenever someone would say a statistic. For example, when the Winnipeg Free Press member told Sam that Winnipeg had the highest number of police per Capital. However Sam would not accept the statistic which could be problematic if he wins the election. He also didn’t seem to want a lot of change which I didn’t like. He probably had this attitude because he was mayor for previous years. On the plus side he had many positive features. He wants the community to work together to help stop crimes and gangs which I liked. On the contrary to Sam Katz, Judy wasylycia-leis seemed to always oppose Sam and try to catch him at his flaws. For example when she got to ask him a question and he answered she still tried to attack again hoping to get him caught red handed. She also was attacking all her opposition which could cause people to detest her. However Judy had some very good ideas and points. She hopes to have more policing, wants to create opportunities for children who are in gangs of getting out of gangs, and wants better community centers. All these things are reasonable and good ideas. The third candidate is Rav Gill who although had a cool hairstyle did not have many ideas which wasn’t so convincing. He did have a good point when he said that he wants Winnipeg to be a place where people can come and make businesses but he did not say how. He did say that people DON’T want to come because of taxes and no employees but he did not say how we could succeed his goal. He also wants to reduce business taxes which go against what the final candidate wants to do. Brad Gross wants to eliminate as many taxes as he can but wants the business tax to go up. Brad seemed to be a man who was very environmental and all about conserving energy. He wants Winnipeg to be a greener city and one of his ideas was to remove 20 % of traffic lights. He also wants to include the elders. I noticed many things form watching this mayoral Forum. Firstly I could tell that Sam Katz and Judy wasylycia-leis seemed to dislike each other. I think this is because Judy thinks that Sam is the main competitor and vice versa. I discovered that firstly our city has the highest crime rates in all of Canada and although we have a high police per capita we still can’t keep gangs and drugs off the street. What was a cool fact I learned is that our rate of police per capita is just as good as Montreal. However, Montreal has half as much crime as we do. I also found out that Winnipeg is thinking of opening a water park (if Sam Katz continues with his plans). I think this is a good idea for us Winnipeggers and also tourists.In my opinion all candidates have a good shot at this and this mayoral forum helped me and probably a lot of other people in getting a clearer view of each candidate. -Ramy

  4. http://video.citytv.com/video/detail/619475845001.000000/mayoral-debate/#This is the video I used for this blog post.In the video the two candidates, Sam Kates and Judy Wasylycia-Leis, were the two people in the debate. I thought that they both did a fantastic job presenting what the main issues are, and what they are hoping to do when they become mayor. Sam Kates used to be a business man, but now is taking one step to the politic side. "Which is one of the reasons why I pledge to faze out business tax", What Sam is saying is that business taxes are a big problem in Winnipeg, and so he will try to solve this problem by reducing taxes. But then Judy disagreed with Sam and said: "We are looking at an 80 million dollar deficit, operating deficit next year, and a hundred million dollar deficit the following year", what she is saying that we can't just reduce and get it over with, because Winnipeg is and will be in debt and if we reduce taxes, it won't solve anything.In the debate Judy, talks about mostly on crimes, while Sam talks about the cadet program. Both have done a fine job, I would think, but it seems to me that both of them are in a tie. A lot of people said that they are both very good valid candidates, that they talked about the major problems very well, and that they both have very good leadership to have when it comes to being the major.But even so both are very good candidates and we will just see who will win this years mayor election.Sorry if this is not the video that you wanted, I tried to look for the video but there wasnt any videos i could find.-Odile

  5. Considering it was my first time to watch the mayoral elections I thought that from watching the mayoral forum you can learn a lot about things you didn’t know. From the four candidates there were different pros and cons about each. I also learned some new and interesting things about each one of the candidate, Winnipeg and democracy. From the four candidates for mayor, they all had different characteristics. Firstly there was Sam Katz. He was the previous mayor and has experience was I found was useful. However, he always seemed to be arguing whenever someone would say a statistic. For example, when the Winnipeg Free Press member told Sam that Winnipeg had the highest number of police per Capital. However Sam would not accept the statistic which could be problematic if he wins the election. He also didn’t seem to want a lot of change which I didn’t like. He probably had this attitude because he was mayor for previous years. On the plus side he had many positive features. He wants the community to work together to help stop crimes and gangs which I liked. On the contrary to Sam Katz, Judy wasylycia-leis seemed to always oppose Sam and try to catch him at his flaws. For example when she got to ask him a question and he answered she still tried to attack again hoping to get him caught red handed. She also was attacking all her opposition which could cause people to detest her. However Judy had some very good ideas and points. She hopes to have more policing, wants to create opportunities for children who are in gangs of getting out of gangs, and wants better community centers. All these things are reasonable and good ideas. The third candidate is Rav Gill who although had a cool hairstyle did not have many ideas which wasn’t so convincing. He did have a good point when he said that he wants Winnipeg to be a place where people can come and make businesses but he did not say how. He did say that people DON’T want to come because of taxes and no employees but he did not say how we could succeed his goal. He also wants to reduce business taxes which go against what the final candidate wants to do. Brad Gross wants to eliminate as many taxes as he can but wants the business tax to go up. Brad seemed to be a man who was very environmental and all about conserving energy. He wants Winnipeg to be a greener city and one of his ideas was to remove 20 % of traffic lights. He also wants to include the elders. I noticed many things form watching this mayoral Forum. Firstly I could tell that Sam Katz and Judy wasylycia-leis seemed to dislike each other. I think this is because Judy thinks that Sam is the main competitor and vice versa. I discovered that firstly our city has the highest crime rates in all of Canada and although we have a high police per capita we still can’t keep gangs and drugs off the street. What was a cool fact I learned is that our rate of police per capita is just as good as Montreal. However, Montreal has half as much crime as we do. I also found out that Winnipeg is thinking of opening a water park (if Sam Katz continues with his plans). I think this is a good idea for us Winnipeggers and also tourists.In my opinion all candidates have a good shot at this and this mayoral forum helped me and probably a lot of other people in getting a clearer view of each candidate. -Ramy

  6. When asked, what Winnipeg needs to be a nice place to live in, Rav Gill answered, "to make Winnipeg a more livable place, we need pedestrian mall, a place where there is high density living and upscale shopping."Brad Gross answered by saying that we need solar lighting on street lamps to save money. He said that it would save about 1.3 million dollars a year. He also thought that we should reduce taxes. Judy said that we needed rapid transit.Sam Katz's plan is to bring more buisnesses here to generate more revenue rather than taxing people. He is Against the regressive property tax.

  7. The mayoral forum was a very interesting debate. First, we must talk about the format of the discussion. It consisted of three Winnipeg Free Press employees asking questions targeted towards to candidates, and hearing the questions, you would think some of them are quite harsh. Each Free Press member would ask each of the contenders a question and they would answer it. Additionally, before the debate about the topic started, random people on the street were given questions about the topic and they would give their input on the issue. There were three topics and a session where they candidates would ask each other question. The first topic was crime. All the candidates agree that although Winnipeg has the highest number of police officers, we also have the greatest number of crimes. They wanted to invest in police force, the community and youth. The second topic was how to improve the state of the city. The main argument was to make the city of Winnipeg a more desirable place to live. They can do this by helping businesses by not putting as much corporate tax since we have lost headquarters due to tax. We as a city need to put Winnipeg on the map. Moreover, for some reason, there was an intense argument about community water parks. The third topic was where the tax money is going to fund. The whole argument was based upon the infrastructure of the city. The candidates all had their own plans on how to get enough taxpayers money in order to fix the roads. The question-asking period seemed like an opportunity for the candidates to verbal jab each other. The most experienced candidates were definitely Judy Was…Leis and Sam Katz although Judy seemed to ramble on the topics occasionally. Sam denied everything the Free Press members accused of him. Furthermore, he would rebut by explaining how they were wrong. Judy seemed to be an extremely nice person, as she believes in giving convicted felons an opportunity for a clean life and she believed in investing time on the community. On the other hand, she was accused of having a vision but no specifics. Brad has a cut tax mindset and Rav Gill made an excellent point in shutting down gang houses. He is also able to do that very easily as he is a real estate agent. I learnt that democracy involves tricks and sometimes dirty tricks. Another important aspect I learnt about democracy is that in order to win, you must have a plan that has a high chance to succeed and you must listen to the people in the city. Even though you should listen to the citizens, other times you must not. For example, many people want lower taxes. However, we need more PST or tax in order to rebuild the city because from our economics and infrastructure, it is not looking too good. Judy executed a brilliant strategy by offering to raise the property tax by two percent. She said it was affordable and it would raise money. The other people in the room said it would barely make a difference. She replied that at least she had a plan whereas the others had no plan in order to get more money. Unfortunately, I could not find anything involving the political process in the forum. This is my opinion on the CBC Winnipeg Free Press Mayoral Forum.Mike

  8. In the mayoral forum, I learned a lot about the main issues in Winnipeg, and how each candidate planned to deal with it. The debate was not in the same format many debates are, the candidates were not always talking to each other, and most of the time were answering questions asked by the moderators, which changed after every commercial/break. When a question was asked, many of the candidates referred to each other, but they were not directly answering to them, or debating against them until the last few minutes, where each candidate had the chance to ask the others a question. I noticed that one of the biggest issues in Winnipeg was the crime rate, I’ve known that for years, but it seems to be getting worse. Almost all the candidates would have liked to increase the number of police officers in the “high risk areas.” I have to agree because, to me it seems logical that with more police officers around, the less chance there will be for crime to happen. Rav Gill mentioned that he would like to improve the community centers for youth so that they could have a better start, and this can get them off the streets. However a main problem is that the volunteers are scarce for these community centers, resulting in unappealing activities for the youth. Also, the infrastructure is a main problem, the questions asked on this topic were mostly about how each candidate was going to raise the money, to deal with the building and roads maintenance. Brad Gross wanted to cut many taxes, to help bring business into the city, which he believed would bring in more money and eventually it could be put into improving the city’s main infrastructure. I believe this may help, but we never know whether or not this will definitely increase the amount of business in Winnipeg. He was slightly criticized on how him cutting back the money the city was receiving, would help the infrastructure. I learned that many of the candidates had the same way of fixing the main problems in Winnipeg, and agreed with each other on many of the solutions, such as the numbers of police officers being increased in Winnipeg, but there were also many disagreements, especially on how money is being spent. The political process in Winnipeg is mainly based around on how each candidate campaigns, and people will vote on who they think, is dealing with the main issues, in the best possible way.Qasim

  9. Every four years the people of Winnipeg get to vote for their mayor, 15 councilors to represent their wards, and school trustees. This ensures that the idea of democracy stays alive and active. Every four years a whole new body representing the people is formed. This group represents Manitoba in Ottawa, the country’s capital. It demonstrates the political process within a civic election because there are publically posted rules and processes that each candidate must complete to participate in the election. These are in place to make sure the candidates are qualified to represent the people of Winnipeg and their interests.Each candidate is trying to give the people of Winnipeg what they feel they most need in their communities to make them better. Judy Wasylysia-Leis promises a safer, fairer, greener community focused on families. She wants reinvestment in infrastructure including a safety plan for each community. She wants to invest in community centers with more funding. She has a plan to improve downtown with multi functional buildings that attract business. Judy also wants to make the city “age friendly” with senior programs and awareness campaigns. Sam Katz covers many of the same issues in his campaign. He promises to invest in the infrastructure of the city. Promising to improve the roads and expand recreational facilities. He also promises community safety by providing the police department with more “tools” to help fight crime. He promises to fight to freeze taxes in the city. Brad Gross promises a lot of little issues. His approach is much different from the first two candidates. He spells out exactly what he wants done. Some examples are lowering taxes for businesses, removing traffic lights, synchronized traffic lights, and free buss fares during rush hour, solar energy traffic lights, community centers run by college students, and moving prisons outside of the city. He focuses on small issues but tells people exactly what he intends to do. He doesn’t mention a plan that is not defined. Rav Gill wants to address items like safety, public parking, public transportation, support for community centers, and neighborhood revitalization. He doesn’t seem to have a strong plan. He seems to know what needs to be done in the communities but may be limited in experience.All the candidates promise better infrastructure, more recreational activities with improved facilities, and crime fighting measures. In a lot of ways they say the same thing. People have to go back into their records and see what they have done in the past to help make a decision. Besides that a lot of voting is who you believe when they discuss the issues and what issues are most important to you. The person with the best plan for your needs is the one you will vote for, which is what the democratic process is all about.

  10. After watching the mayoral forum I learned many things. First off, I noticed that the candidates would attack each other without contributing to the overall debate of the issues. The topics that were talked about were mainly about crime in Winnipeg as well as the economy. The ideas about crime in Winnipeg were vaguely similar and centered on more police protection and also more opportunities for innercity youth, to keep the kids out of gangs. As well as hiring ex-criminals who wish to leave the life of crime. Rav Gill had a specific idea on establishing crime-free housing. Brad had the idea of getting more helpers at the community centres to provide more recreation for youths at risk. Judy and Sam had similar ideas about this and didn't clearly differentiate from each other, as on other issues. It seems to me that a political debate such as this may not be the best forum to determine a good mayoral candidate because the process lends itself to personalities sticking out farther than the issues and ideas. It's difficult in a democracy to choose the best candidate where so much is dependant on showmanship and public speaking skills beyond their actual ideas and abilities.

  11. I think Sam Katz is the right person to be mayor because of proven and succesfull results.Sam Katz's plan is to bring more buisnesses here to generate more revenue rather than taxing people. He is Against the regressive property tax. There were some very interesting questions asked on tv (CBC).-Avery ;O

  12. Dear Mr.Henderson I realized today that I have forgotten to attatch my name to my comment. So just to let you know mine is the one in between Spero's and Avery's.-Sarah 🙂

  13. The Mayoral voting process in Winnipeg is very similar to that we use to elect MP’s during Federal elections. Voters must register and provide valid identification before they cast their vote. Upon registering, voters receive a ballot with instructions on how to use their ballot. Voters must report to a voting station, and choose with candidate they want as their mayor, city councilor, and school trustee. Once the ballot is marked, voters are supposed to insert their ballot into an automatic vote counter that is found within the voting station. Once all the votes are counted, the candidates with the most votes gain leadership over the office they were running for. Mayors serve a maximum term of four years, however they can be re-elected. Candidates running for the 2010 mayoral election in Winnipeg are Sam Katz, the current mayor of Winnipeg, Judy Wasylycia-Leis, a former Member of Parliament, Brad Gross and Rav Gill. The two most widely received candidates are Sam Katz, who is backed by the Progressive Conservative Party, and Judy Wacylycia-Leis, who is backed by the New Democrat Party. Sam Katz plans to address infrastructure problems and to create an environment where small businesses can prosper. He also intends to make the city a safer place, as he outlined in the Mayoral forum, by adding officers to the police force. Another major candidate for the mayoral race is Judy Wacylycia-Leis. Wacylycia-Leis’ planks are to bring the concerns of Winnipeg families back to the forefront in City Hall, to repair Winnipeg’s infrastructure, to bring a community-safety plan back to the city and to make the city a friendlier, greener place that Winnipeggers and tourists to the city alike can appreciate.

  14. I thought that all of the Candidates had similar ideas but had different ways of handling them. For example when they talk about how to stop crime in Winnipeg Sam Katz seems to want to have more police officers while Judi Wasylycia-leis seems to want to move the police officers to where they are needed, Rav Gill focuses on educating the youth and Brad Gross does not seem to have much input. Although Later Brad Gross did seem to be taking an environmental approach. I also noticed that the Candidates sometimes had a hard time answering the questions. Judi Wasylycia-leis seemed to avoid answering it while Sam Katz always said they were already doing on what was asked by the interviewer. I found that Sam Katz was very right wing and focused on things like taxes while Judi Wasylycia-leis was much more left wing; but you need different opinions to have a democracy. I think the democracy in Winnipeg is very good. We all have choices and different sides to choose from. I think that our democracy is very fair and competitive. There are signs up all around Winnipeg, and all of the candidates in the Mayoral Forum were trying to sound the best, you can tell that all four of these candidates want to win and are competitive. It is fair because everyone had a chance to speak. I think Sam Katz and Judi Wasylycia-leis did have more speaking time, but I think Rav Gill and Brad Gross could have chimed in if they wanted to. I think that Winnipeg's democracy is great because we have four different choices and it is fair but competitive. I also learned abut how this political process works. Sam Katz and Judi Wasylycia-leis were being asked most of the questions. It seemed like they were to two major candidates. Some of the candidates also interrupted by interviewer and interrupted the interviewer. It was very interesting to see the social dynamic the room. For example once Judi Wasylycia-leis said she could do something better than Sam Katz; and you could see him laughing in the background. The political process is interesting because the candidates say whatever makes them look good. For example Sam Katz never admitted to doing anything wrong, which I found to be strange because it almost prevented him from sharing some of his ideas on how to improve Winnipeg. I found the Mayoral Forum to be an interesting part of the political process. Jane MacDougall

  15. I am going to talk a little bit about what these four candidates promise to do, what mannerisms I noticed them doing when they seemed to get nervous and pros and cons about them.Sam Katz is very adamant about hiring more police officers, and doesn't seem to agree with the other candidates about community centers. When he gets nervous, he repeats a lot, and uses a tone of voice that sounds almost sarcastic. He is trying to get re-elected, so he has been mayor before and knows what he's doing. But with heavy competition in Judy Wasylicia-Leis he is a little bit more anxious and tries to use his previous experience to hsi advantage in the competition. Judy Wasylicia-Leis wants a few more police officers, but also wants to create balance, by adding community centers, to decrease crime. When she gets nervous, her eyes almost widen a little bit, she uses flattery towards the journalists and other candidates and talks about Winnipeg working together as a whole. She also barely answers any of the questions thrown at her. She is experienced in politics, having worked in the federal government, but she isn't experienced in the civic government and isn't very good at fielding questions.Rav Gill wants a police unit dedicated to gangs and violent criminals, and crime free houseing for gang members or ex-gang members who have hit rock bottom. Upon getting nervous, I find that he smacks his lips together before starting a sentence. He seems to have some solid ideas, but looks a little bit confused as to what would happen if he actually won.Brad Gross wants to revitalize community centers and make streetlights solar powered to make the city greener. He knows what he wants to do, but he doesn't know how he wants to do it and what to do about the consequences. He is the most obvious when he gets nervous: closing his eyes, pausing and taking deep breaths. He focuses on the little things, and it almost seems to me that he is just running for the sake of running.While most people watched the forum looking for positive things about the candidates, I quite enjoyed doing this blog for the sake of tearing them and their arguments apart.~Becca 🙂

  16. The video wouldn't play, don't know if it's a problem with cbc or my flash player. I tried restarting and I tried updating my flash player, it still isn't working. I will keep trying but if I can't get it working I'm sorry

  17. Got the flash player working, I think that Judy would be a terrible choice for mayor based solely on her body language. When she was explaining how everything in her plan would work she shook her head proving she doesn't trust herself. She also looked very nervous when other people were talking. When she was asked what her plan was she said "I put a plan on the table" which doesn't answer any part of the question. She plans to increase taxes by 2 percent which se says is minute. If it's minute then it can't change that much. She kept stuttering which really bugged me and interupting them before they finnished the question. Whenever they asked her a question she said something completely irrelevant until they gave up on talking to her. She intrtupted people way too much and they had to ask her to stop many times. She seemed very condesending when talking to her fellow candidates and made an *** of herself. I also didn't like her hairstyle. Brad Gross made a ineresting point about saving money. He suggested solar street lights, however when it snows and the lights are covered in snow how will they absorb the sun's energy? He also mentioned lowering taxes and spending less money due to the recession. Scince I don't kow much about what he would have been spending said money on I can't really comment. Rav Gill made some interesting commets on buisness but he would probably do better as an advisor of sorts than the mayor. Sam Katz made some interesting points about everything, got the most questions and spoke the best but he said some things that weren't one hundred percent true. Clearly the only solution is I run the city.

  18. In this debate, I think the candidates did a pretty good job of delivering their plans and ideas. So let’s start off with crime. Crime is a really big problem in our city and we are also the most violent city in Canada which is not a good thing. All the candidates put down some solid ideas to reduce criminal activity but in my opinion, I think Brad Gross should have said a bit more than just saying that he wants to employ the elderly to educate the youth. I totally agree on the ideas of Rav Gill in which he plans to shut down “gang-houses” and Judy’s plan to better utilize our police force and also improving our youth educating programs to keep them out of gangs. But the thing I’m not exactly in favour of is adding 50 more police officers to the force, which is Sam Katz’s idea. I think 50 is a bit much, maybe more like 20-30. Why would we spend so much money adding officers to the already pretty large force when we can better spend the money on our infrastructure and for better education of youth in our city?Winnipeg, as said by Rav Gill, is not a desirable place to own a business and also to work. The reason: business owners have to pay a business tax and also because people think this isn’t a place where you can make a lot of money. I agree with Rav and I also agree with Judy’s idea to make our city more attractive and also a desirable place to live. Also, I’m in favour of Sam, Brad and Rav’s ideas to pretty much scrap the business tax because it seems we’re the only city that has a business tax. This will most certainly make Winnipeg a good place to live. What’s this next, a water park? This proposed water park might be cool, but don’t you think the $7-million that’s needed to construct this could be better spent on fixing our roads and improving infrastructure? I DO NOT agree with Sam Katz’s idea on building this water park, this money should be well spent on more important things. By the way, we are already building a state of the art stadium for our football team and I don’t think it’s necessary to build a water park.Infrastructure is a big thing that needs to be improved in our city. Look at our streets and sidewalks for example, they’re in pretty bad shape and in need of repair. Also look at some of the buildings in our city, they’re crumbling and also in need of repair. The problem is that are city is in debt so it’s hard for us to repair all the streets. I personally think that Brad Gross’ idea of cutting taxes isn’t a good idea. Sure cutting taxes are good for the people but for a city in debt, it’s not a good thing. But Brad Gross’ idea of putting solar lighting in our city is something I agree on because it will cost less to operate and be less harmful to the environment. The thing that I’m not sure of is Judy’s plan to increase property tax. For low-income families, paying an extra 2% on property tax might be a little hard so it’s difficult to say whether this is a good idea or not. Finishing off is the improvement of rapid transit. This is a really good step for Winnipeg to improve infrastructure. Adding stuff like the light-rail system would really help daily commuters to wherever they’re going faster and more efficiently than taking the transit bus.Ryan

  19. Sam Katz – In the first few minutes of the video, the impression I got was that all Sam Katz wants to do is have more police. Police this, police that. Having more police on the streets will help decrease the crime rate in Winnipeg, but we need to have actual solutions to solve the problems! Sam didn't give any ideas on how to lower the amount of kids that are involved in gangs, lower the crime rate or do anything other than add more police to put more people in our already full jails. Sam Katz doesn't seem to want businesses to come to our city. What he thinks we need is just big conventions so that people will here about Winnipeg. Hearing about some town where a convention was held won't make a business think "Well if a convention went there, it must be perfect for our company!" In the past few months, H&M decided to not have a store in Winnipeg, and American Apparel is leaving, because there is simply not enough profit to be made, or being made. There is also this idea that building a 7 million dollar water park will get people to come live here. Am I the only one who doesn't think that will do anything, except be another place for schools to go for a day, or a fun time during the summer? Water parks and other luxuries that are available in Grand Forks and Steinbach (pretty sure we have a larger population than them) won't make Winnipeg a hot spot. Sorry Sam Katz, but your expensive ideas, are not going to get you re-elected.Judy Wasylycia-Leis – My first impression of Judy was that she knew what she was she doing. She had her ideas straight, and didn't say anything to offend the other candidates. If I could vote, I would give her my vote. However, as the forum went on, I changed my mind.Judy started out strong, making it obvious that she cares about the citizens of Winnipeg, by talking to them, and giving solutions to the crime rate, gang involvment and what the communities need. I thought she made it clear that she wants to help teens, but throughout the video, it seemed to me that that's all she was focusing on. When The Free Press asked about the economy and how the candidates would change it, Judy never answered the question. She just kept repeating that we need to look at the community, because that will solve the economical issues Winnipeg has. It seems like she's either hiding something, or doesn't know what she's doing.Rav Gill- I didn't really get much from him, which was rather dissapointing, because I think that he had some very good ideas on how to help lower the business that gangs do. He has the alternatives to help Winnipeg become a more desirable place, which is what he wants to do! When the Free Press asked the candidates to pick one thing to make Winnipeg a better place, Mr Gill said a pedestrian mall. I think this is a great idea because it will attract alot of the people in the city, and the stores will make alot of profit.Brad Gross- My first impression of Brad was that he was just kind of there… He didn't really seem to know what he was doing, and I feel he kept that up for the whole forum.He did have some good ideas about using solar panels on our street lights, but I think that the cost of making them solar won't work all the time.- Grace

  20. There isn’t enough money for everything they want to build and do. They are lacking leadership I think. The taxes the candidates are saying they will put on won’t make enough money for what they are saying they will do. The sewers, communities and parks need to be much better and again I don’t think they can accomplish fixing them up. A large problem is what they are saying isn’t could enough to make us satisfied. The candidates don’t have a good layout of what they are going to do and they aren’t clear on what they are saying. They were trying to say what we wan’t to hear but it isn’t going to happen. They know the province doesn’t have enough money. Judy says she is going to raise taxes to 2%. Even though none of the other candidates are doing much what Judy is saying isn’t going do do much either they need much more money. I don’t think there is one very strong candidate that knows what really needs to be done in order to make us people satisfied. This is my opinion on the mayoral forum.Daniel

  21. As far as what I learned about democracy, I realized that the Forum itself is an example of democracy. Freedom of speech is absolutely essential in a functioning democracy. In Winnipeg's Mayoral Forum, any questions can be asked and the candidates can speak of their opinions and ideas without fear. Also, simply the fact that anyone can run for Mayor (whether they have previous experience or not and are new to government, as long as they meet certain requirements) is an example of our democracy. More than anything, I learned about the different approaches of the candidates to issues specific to Winnipeg. Sam Katz backed up his answer with statistics that the reporter didn't agree with for example (specifically with crime in our city) and Judy ended up gesturing and left handedly attacking Sam Katz's ideas. It's extremely interesting to listen not only to the ideas of the candidates but also the tones of their voices and how a few of them avoided certain questions. Ms.Wasylycia-Leis especially seemed to sneak around a few topics. I believe that it simply was not her place to criticize the ideas of others while she herself is unable to answer all of the reporters questions. Politics is such an interesting thing; while we believe that it all comes down to ideas and solutions, it is very hard to deny that personality and approach is also a huge factor. In all honesty, I had no idea that Winnipeg held a Mayoral Forum for its candidates. I realize now how important it is that we have one. The people of Winnipeg get to see how the candidates react under pressure. The environment that they are forced to answer tough questions under is not extremely casual. With three reporters and your competitors sitting next to you, with cameras and your city ready to scoff or cheer for you, it really can show who is the best for dealing with our city. I also was surprised at first that the other four candidates weren't part of the forum. After some research I discovered that candidates have to have a certain number of nominators in order to run and that obviously the other four were not part of the interview because of a lack of nominators.

  22. Sam Katz is very serious about hiring more police officers but she doesn't agree with the other candidates about community centers. Sam Katz repeats what he said making me think he doesn't really know what he is doing. Hiring a lot more police officers to patrol Winnipeg would decrease crime rate significantly.although i do not think Sam Katz really knows what he is talking about but hiring more police would be beneficial for the citizens. Judy Wasylicia Leis more police and decrease crime rate by adding community centers. i think this is a good idea to decrease crime rate and a few more police officers wouldn't be such a bad idea either.Rav Gill wants a police that specializes in gangs and that is a great idea since gangs are the people who are causing the most problems from shootings to robbery. Brad Gross wants to make more community centers and make streetlights solar powered. I think this could save us a lot of money on the long run but creating solar powered street lights is kinda a big waste of money.-JAE

  23. Sam Katz – thinks that there should be more action taken to prevent gangs. He is opposed to Judy's idea of raising property tax and feels WE NEED MORE POLICE. he emphasises police.. 50 more police officers. Why does Winnipeg police force need 50 more officers? He also feels that there is not much profit to be made by big buisnesses. He has ideas to create more tourism in Winnipeg : the the extremely expensive water park. Judy Wasylycia-Leis- Throughout the forum Judy expertly dodged questions about the economy and how she would take action, instead she focused on lowering crime rate and gang involvment. Showing caring in the well-being of Winnipegs citizens.Brad Gross – his brilliant idea is to make solar-powered street lights. Not a bad idea but maybe it's too expensive. He didn't say much and i felt he is not a big contender to being mayor.Raf Gill- I like his idea about the police unit and I feel that his ideas are well thought. He seems somewhat dazed and confused. I feel like if he was mayor he wouldn't really know what to do.The candidates are trying to please the voters with their ideas and fitting ideas to the needs of the people. The process in Winnipeg allows the citizens to know more about their candidates and be able to make a wise descion on their mayor.- NICOLE

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