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|Harvey Smith (incumbent)
Daniel McIntyre is home to more than 43,000 people in Winnipeg's West End, central, and Wolseley districts. The ward's seven neighbourhoods boast an ethnically and culturally diverse population, including significant Filipino, Indo-Chinese and aboriginal representation. Since 2001, the central district has experienced a tremendous growth of African immigrants.
In 2001, 21 per cent of the labour force worked in manufacturing industries and 15 per cent had degrees. The average annual income of $21,609 was well below city average, while the unemployment rate was two percentage points higher. Nearly half – 47 per cent – of residents owned their own homes. The average property value was $65,105, compared to the city average of $100,525.
The family of community activist and first-time candidate Don Salter has lived in Daniel McIntyre ward for three generations. The 34-year-old, a systems developer at Agricore United, says he is embittered with politicians but has decided to get involved rather than complain.
Although he has no political experience, he believes his views accurately reflect those of his constituents.
"I'm a regular guy with a long history and strong connection to this community," says Salter, a father of two. "What this ward needs is a completely independent representative. I'm not affiliated with any political parties or special interest groups; the only people I represent are citizens of this ward."
Salter attended Technical Vocational High School before starting his career in the mailroom at Agricore United in 1993. He climbed the ranks after earning diplomas in application systems development and database administration from the University of Winnipeg, becoming a systems developer.
Salter says government accountability is his primary concern. If elected, he says he would hold regular community meetings to encourage transparency and communication.
He also supports term limits for councillors.
"City hall has a lot of dinosaurs who haven't moved when they should have," he says.
Salter's platform emphasizes crime reduction. While supporting increased policing in the community, he also believes more needs to be done to address root causes of crime: poverty and lack of opportunity.
"People have chances to be saved from poverty when opportunity exists," he says, suggesting the exodus of people from Manitoba is due to decline in decent employment. "We need to attract environmentally responsible businesses offering high-paying jobs."
Salter says lowering business taxes will entice businesses to Winnipeg, and with those jobs will come people who pay taxes, thus covering deficits from reducing business taxes. Charging land-vacancy tax and assessing toll-charges to non-residents who access city streets are additional ideas he advocates for generating income.
Infrastructure is another pressing issue for Salter, who opposes new developments at the expense of neglecting the inner city. He says he will fight for funding from all levels of government to repair crumbling streets, improve transit and revitalize downtown.
While Salter believes he can initiate changes, he warns people not to depend on him to solve the ward's problems.
"Politicians promise they can fix everything, but that's hot air."
Related link: Don Salter website
Harvey Smith (incumbent)
Incumbent Harvey Smith, 70, is a self-professed atypical councillor.
"I fight for people," he says. "If administration makes unreasonable decisions affecting my constituents, I challenge them."
Born in Vancouver but raised in Winnipeg, Smith – who holds degrees in English and economics from the University of British Columbia and a B.Ed from Simon Fraser – started his career as a teacher.
A seasoned politician, Smith joined the Social Credit party at age 12 and has been involved with the NDP since the 1970s, including a position on the provincial executive. Elected to city council in 1980, he retained his seat for two terms.
In 1986, he was elected as an MLA but was defeated in 1988.
Ten years later, he returned to municipal politics as councillor for Daniel McIntyre and was re-elected in 2002.
Throughout his career, Smith has served on many boards and committees. Presently, these include Take Pride Winnipeg, the historical buildings committee and others. A long-time advocate of the arts, he is a board member of the Winnipeg Arts Council.
Urban sprawl is Smith's No. 1 concern. He opposes suburban developments such as Waverley West.
"I want to preserve what we have," he says. "The city built a 50-room house but can only afford to maintain 25 rooms, putting us in a tight position, affecting every issue."
Smith is a staunch defender of public safety programs, rallying for safer roads, additional police foot patrols and nametags on officers' uniforms to increase accountability. He supports Operation Clean Sweep and the panhandling initiative introduced by Mayor Sam Katz.
Smith says he also wants to see significant increases in the number of repairs done to back lanes in the ward. Thirty-five per cent of city back lanes requiring maintenance are within Daniel McIntyre, but the city services only three blocks a year.
He says other critical issues include affordable housing, maintaining urban green spaces and improving transit.
Smith adds that he believes too many councillors in the city instinctively follow the mayor's agenda rather than those of their constiuents.
"We need someone who stands up for the ward, not another voice for the mayor," he says, but adds the mayor deserves respect. "I don't go for his throat. I can dialogue with him even if I disagree."
Smith has been endorsed by the NDP, the Winnipeg Labour Council and the United Firefighters of Winnipeg.
Related link: Harvey Smith website
Trudy Turner was born and raised in Wolseley and is president of the Winnipeg BIZ Association and executive director of the West End BIZ. A lifelong Winnipegger, she was president of sales and services at J. G. Turner Ltd., corporate sponsorship co-ordinator for the Manitoba Multiple Sclerosis Society and provincial director of the Terry Fox Foundation.
While this is Turner's first foray into politics, she believes she is well qualified.
"I have a proven track record of accomplishing goals, getting results, and working with others," she says. "I know how to make people want to work together, and that will make the difference in turning this community – and people's perception of it – around. "
Turner, 51, is not supported by any political party.
"Civic politics appeals to me because I am free to represent what's best for the community," says Turner, a single mother with two adult children.
She is an active member of eight community and civic development organizations, including the Spence Neighbourhood Association community economic development committee, the community and campus redevelopment steering committee for the University of Winnipeg and Operation Clean Sweep's citizens advisory committee.
Turner cites three primary concerns for the ward's residents: neighbourhood safety, basic infrastructure services and lack of youth involvement.
She says community policing will encourage officers to develop positive relationships with locals. Increasing street lighting, expanding Operation Clean Sweep, and connecting people in need with available resources are all aspects of her platform.
Turner emphasizes the importance of basic infrastructure services, saying she will lobby for improved trash removal, street and back-lane repairs, and tree pruning.
By developing a youth council, she hopes to encourage young adults to get involved in decision-making at city hall. If they remain neglected, she said, young people will continue leaving Winnipeg in droves.
She also says she will concentrate on improving transportation by enhancing transit, developing bicycle paths and adding bike racks to city buses.
"We need a positive voice at city hall," Turner says, "someone who knows how to work with people so residents, businesses, and politicians will band together. We must let everyone know this is a wonderfully involved community. It has challenges but is a great place."
Related link: Trudy Turner website
Ward and candidate profiles by Rudy A. Zacharias, a journalism
major in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.