Winnipeggers reflect on mayor's first year in office
Brian Bowman elected in October 2014
Bowman, a political newcomer, won last October's municipal election head and shoulders above his closest competitor, experienced politician Judy Wasylycia-Leis.
Not long after taking office, Bowman faced criticism for the way he handled the True North Square proposal, dealt with Winnipeg being labelled the most racist city in Canada and oversaw a city-wide boil water advisory.
There was a range of reaction on Twitter to the mayoral anniversary. Supporters included the former president of CEO Manitoba, Mohammad Almaleki, and Lisa Webinger, who ran for school trustee.
I endorsed him then-I endorse him still! Congrats on first year of service <a href="https://twitter.com/Mayor_Bowman">@Mayor_Bowman</a> looking forward2 many more! <a href="https://t.co/YKAFyXNOky">pic.twitter.com/YKAFyXNOky</a>—@M_Almaleki
I can't believe it's been a year since I cast a vote for myself in the civic election. Happy 1st anniversary <a href="https://twitter.com/Mayor_Bowman">@Mayor_Bowman</a>!—@MsBehavior
The owners of Thom Bargen Coffee and Tea on Sherbrook Street had this suggestion for the mayor's office, perhaps a reference to an earlier story about renovations happening at Winnipeg's City Hall.
<a href="https://twitter.com/Mayor_Bowman">@Mayor_Bowman</a> permit office overhaul. How about 2 lines? Home/business. Happy 1st year—@ThomBargen
Others angled for some credit for what the city has accomplished. Dave Gaudreau is an NDP MLA for St. Norbert.
Congrats mayor Bowman on 1st year as mayor. Glad Provinces $55 million to roads has helped out. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/roads?src=hash">#roads</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mbpoli?src=hash">#mbpoli</a> <a href="https://t.co/6ZLRS0CZtd">https://t.co/6ZLRS0CZtd</a>—@davegaudreau
Not everyone who weighed in supports the mayor. Brian Kelcey, a frequent city commentator on CBC's Information Radio, was once a staffer in former mayor Sam Katz's office.
<a href="https://twitter.com/CBCMarcy">@CBCMarcy</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCInfoRad">@CBCInfoRad</a> Both! <a href="https://twitter.com/Mayor_Bowman">@Mayor_Bowman</a>—@stateofthecity
And finally, there were was this:
<a href="https://twitter.com/CBCManitoba">@CBCManitoba</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Mayor_Bowman">@Mayor_Bowman</a> It's because he gets to wear that amazing necklace. Every year you wear that beauty is a good one.—@loewenchris