Winnipeg mayoral hopefuls eye more PST revenue, youth programs

Winnipeggers are getting a better picture of what different mayoral candidates will do if elected.

Winnipeg mayoral candidates call for 24-hour youth centre, bigger piece of provincial sales tax

Brian Bowman stands near the Manitoba Legislative Building on Thursday, pledging to get a bigger share of provincial sales tax revenue for the city. (Sean Kavanagh/CBC)

Winnipeggers are getting a better picture of what different mayoral hopefuls will do if elected.
Judy Wasylycia-Leis wants the city to focus more on engaging youth. (CBC)

Thursday was a busy campaign day, with former senior bureaucrat David Sanders entering the race and Judy Wasylycia-Leis, Brian Bowman and Robert Falcon Ouellette all revealing more of their campaign platforms.

Both Bowman and Ouellette said if elected, they’ll call on the province to hand over more provincial sales tax revenue to Winnipeg.

According to Bowman, Winnipeggers are spending a disproportionate amount on the PST tax increase compared to provincial infrastructure spending in the city.

Bowman said having not been involved in previous negotiations would help him in securing the additional funding from the province – something previous mayors have had difficulty with. 

Meanwhile, Wasylycia-Leis wants to promote youth involvement in the city by keeping at least one community centre open 24-7. She also wants to create a youth advisory council for the city.

She said youth need to be “full participants” in municipal government.

On Wednesday, Gord Steeves announced plans to freeze taxes for four years if elected and elaborated on a plan to sell of a number of city assets, including the new police headquarters on Graham Avenue.

Winnipeggers will go to the polls on Oct. 22.