August 27, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAKE DOWNTOWNS A NATIONAL ELECTION ISSUE: FEDERAL CANDIDATES TO DEBATE ON SEPTEMBER 16 FROM 5-7 PM
Downtown Winnipeg — Across Canada, downtown organizations – through Downtowns Canada –will host forums with federal candidates from Sept. 14-18 to highlight the importance of downtowns in Canada’s national economic prosperity. Hosted at Portage Place Shopping Centre on Sept. 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., candidates Don Woodstock (Green Party), Pat Martin (New Democratic Party), and Robert-Falcon Ouellette (Liberal Party) will discuss their platforms on key downtown issues, like:
- Downtown is the economic engine for cities, it needs long-term funding programs
- Make downtown the employment centre of the city
- Show us the money for downtown infrastructure and transit investment
- Support the creative class by investing in educational sector
- End homelessness downtown for a healthy city and prosperous country
Downtowns Canada is a national coalition of the International Downtown Association (IDA), a world leader and champion for vital and livable urban centers. IDA, through its network of diverse practitioners, rich body of knowledge, and unique capacity to nurture community-building partnerships – provides tools, intelligence and strategies for creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities and regions of the world.
Everyone is welcome to attend. Pool sound available for media.
“This is the public’s chance to hear the parties go on the record on key issues that are pivotal in moving our province, city and our downtown forward,” says Stefano Grande, Downtown BIZ executive director. “The continued revitalization and health of our downtown is important to our 1,300 business members, and I believe, to all of Manitobans.”
Presented by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. Thanks to our generous sponsors and partners: Portage Place Shopping Centre, Canadian Federation of Students Manitoba, and the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association.
Missed the debate? All candidates for Winnipeg Centre have been given these questions to answer online. View their answers here.
For more information, please contact:
Jason Syvixay, Managing Director
Ph: (204) 958-4635