PROVINCIAL PARTIES DISCUSS DOWNTOWN ISSUES AT FORUM AND RELEASE ANSWERS TO KEY DOWNTOWN QUESTIONS
The three major provincial parties discussed their platforms on key downtown issues at a Downtown Forum held by the Downtown BIZ on September 19 at Portage Place. Their answers to a list of key questions about downtown were also released. Topics included downtown safety, rapid transit, and creating more living spaces downtown.
Provincial Representatives were:
- Hugh McFadyen, Manitoba’s Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba
- Dr. Jon Gerrard, Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party and MLA River Heights
- Gord Macintosh representing the New Democratic Party of Manitoba, Minister of Family Services and Consumer Affairs, Minister charged with the administration of the Liquor Control Act and the Manitoba Residential Tenancies Act
Moderators Richard Cloutier, CJOB, and Dan Lett, Winnipeg Free Press, delved into the leader’s positions on a variety of hot downtown topics.
“It’s important for downtown to be on the radar at election time,” says Stefano Grande, Downtown BIZ executive director. “The continued revitalization and health of our downtown is important to our 1400 business members, and I believe, to all of Manitobans. It’s a simple principle that the downtown is the economic engine of our province, and that the health of the province is directly linked to the health of our downtown.”
Presented by the Downtown BIZ. Endorsed by Exchange District BIZ, West End BIZ, the Winnipeg Realtors, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, University of Winnipeg’s Institute of Urban Studies and The U of W Students’ Union. Produced by the Winnipeg Free Press and CJOB.