Wasylycia-Leis pledges more citizen access
One of the top candidates vying to become Winnipeg's next mayor is toying with the idea of creating a new position to enforce transparency at City Hall.
Judy Wasylycia-Leis said Wednesday a so-called integrity commissioner would be independent of government and examine conflict of interest situations. That person would report to council on financial issues like blind trusts and budget reporting.
"[It would be] someone with the expertise to advise city councillors and the mayor and any issues that the city employees would have on that front," Wasylycia-Leis said.
Her comments come just hours after results of a Winnipeg Free Press/CBC Manitoba poll suggested voters think honesty and integrity are the most important qualities a mayor should have.
Wasylycia-Leis also pledged to hire a community access co-ordinator she said would help citizens have a greater voice in the municipal government.
The former NDP MP also said that if elected, she will donate her $68,000 a year federal pension to the Winnipeg Foundation — a local philanthropic agency — during her time as mayor.