Morantz to leave city hall, no matter what happens with Charleswood Tory nomination

Coun. Marty Morantz now says he will leave city council in October when his term runs out — and he will donate his severance pay to charity.

Departing Charleswood-Tuxedo councillor says he'll donate $26K severance to charity

Coun. Marty Morantz now says he's leaving city hall, no matter what happens with his bid for a federal Tory nomination. (Jeff Stapleton/CBC)

Coun. Marty Morantz has ruled out another run in the Charleswood-Tuxedo ward, whether or not he secures the federal Conservative nomination ​in Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley.

Morantz said Thursday he will leave city council in October when his term runs out — and he will donate his severance pay to charity.

As recently as May, he left the door open for a second council term.

"I'm focused on winning that nomination and going on to run in the next federal election and win the seat for the Conservative Party of Canada," Morantz said in a telephone interview.

Liberal MP Doug Eyolfson currently holds the west Winnipeg seat.

Morantz will be entitled to at least $26,479 in severance pay, based on his four years of public service and his 2017 compensation of $114,741.

Councillors are entitled to three weeks of pay for every year they serve, up to the equivalent of six months of annual pay.

In 2014, Morantz voted alongside Mayor Brian Bowman and four other members of council to end the severance payments. The bid was defeated by a 10-6 vote.

Morantz nonetheless intends to donate his severance.

"I checked with the clerk's office and it turns out they have to pay it out, so what I've decided to do is donate 100 per cent of it to either a charity or a number of charities," he said.

No fewer than three other members of council will not return to city hall this fall.

Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry Coun. Jenny Gerbasi plans to retire from council after serving five terms, while Point Douglas Coun. Mike Pagtakhan plans to leave city hall after serving four terms.

As well, current St. Charles Coun. Shawn Dobson and St. James-Brooklands-Weston Coun. Scott Gillingham are competing against each other in a newly expanded and renamed St. James ward.

As well, the future of Transcona Coun. Russ Wyatt remains up in the air after the four-term councillor was charged with one count of sexual assault.

Prior to his arrest on Tuesday, Wyatt mused about retiring from council, running again in Transcona or running for mayor

Gerbasi stands to receive somewhere in the vicinity  of $57,460 in severance, while Pagtakhan is in line for departure pay at about $56,113.

Should Wyatt retire from council or be defeated in the Oct. 24 election, he's in line for about $51,575.

Gillingham and Dobson, who both served four years, would receive approximately $26,521 and $23,487, respectively, should either be defeated in St. James.