2014 Winnipeg Civic Election

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David Sanders

Candidate in the 2014 City of Winnipeg Mayoral race.

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Questionnaire Response

Why did you decide to run in the 2014 Winnipeg Civic Election?

I have observed City Hall since 1965, when I was Metro and City Hall Reporter for the Winnipeg Tribune. Most of my subsequent career in the Provincial Government, serving twice as Deputy Minister of Urban Affairs, was devoted to helping make our City government work better. Two years ago I discovered that there was serious mismanagement and misconduct occurring at City Hall, especially among some of the senior administrators, and that the City Council was unable or unwilling to fix it. I began to appear at Council and its Committees regularly, asking questions, demanding answers, and offering practical solutions. By this summer it had become obvious that the present Council would not fix things. I looked around, and concluded that none of the other candidates for mayor would be willing or able to deal effectively with the situation now. Most had been nowhere near City Hall. Given my extensive experience, knowledge and administrative skills, I decided that I had better offer to take on the job myself, to overhaul City Hall and make it possible for us to manage our resources wisely once again, and make Winnipeg a safe, fair and fun place for all.

What experience will you bring to compliment your role as Mayor?

I have 45 years’ senior executive experience in Winnipeg, as a lawyer, public administrator, management consultant, property and business tax consultant, university teacher and administrator, marketing manager and journalist. I worked in many different departments of the Government of Manitoba for 18 years, but most of the time I dealt with City of Winnipeg legislation, financial affairs, and land use plans. I have also been a national government computer systems marketing manager for Unisys Canada Inc., and a lecturer and faculty administrator at the University of Manitoba. I have served as a professional management consultant with a specialty in human resources management, and for the past 20 years I have been engaged in seeking fair property and business tax assessments for most major commercial and institutional property owners in Winnipeg. I maintain my status as a practising lawyer in order to conduct selected pro bono cases, in the public interest. Throughout my life I have provided active leadership for university, professional, school, community, sports, and charitable organizations, so I fully appreciate the character and strengths of our community. And I will hit the ground running, because I have participated in most debates at City Hall for the past two years.

What are some issues that you would like to stand for in your role as Mayor, and why are these issues important to you?

As Mayor, I will lead a progressive majority of Council in taking action to achieve the following objectives: 1. End the mismanagement, misconduct and secrecy in decision-making at City Hall. 2. Restore public trust in our City government. 3. Reveal the full extent of the financial mess left behind by current and previous Councils, and establish a realistic plan to manage the City’s financial affairs wisely, going forward. 4. Restore and maintain basic City services and infrastructure. 5. Reconsider the justification and priorities for major projects, such as the Southwest Transitway, and proceed with revised plans for those projects which are most necessary and financially feasible. 6. Secure intergovernmental cooperation and collaboration with the federal, provincial, Capital Region municipal governments, and First Nations. 7. Curb the exorbitant costs of extending infrastructure to accommodate urban sprawl. 8. Empower citizens to play a much more meaningful role in City decision-making, always. These matters are important to me, because I love Winnipeg and I want it to be a safe, fair and fun place to be, not only for my extended family, but for all Winnipeggers, now and in the future. We can be a model green, affordable, compassionate and prosperous community.

What is one thing in particular that you appreciate about the City of Winnipeg?

Winnipeg is the “Heart of the Continent,” as CBC weatherman Ed Russenholt used to say every evening, a very long time ago, and we Winnipeggers have really big hearts. We are generous with our time, money and talents. We are generous on a City-wide scale, as with the United Way, the Winnipeg Foundation, Winnipeg Harvest, and countless other charitable and non-profit organizations and projects. We are generous within our neighbourhoods, volunteering, coaching, fundraising, and working together. And we are generous with each other, with our neighbours, friends and families. This same generosity of spirit extends to our willingness to support a full range of universally available public services in healthcare, education, transportation, recreation, libraries, and many other community functions, whether or not we use them ourselves. I feel we are family. I know that not all Winnipeggers are able to enjoy that feeling yet, but if it is possible to achieve that goal anywhere, I believe we can do it here.

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

As candidate for Mayor of Winnipeg, I believe I have the most extensive experience and training in government and public finance; special knowledge of the City's history, communities, businesses and institutions; a lifelong passion for serving to improve the quality of life of all citizens; and demonstrated ability to seek truth, fairness and justice, without fear or favour. I have been an especially active participant and critic at City Hall for almost two years, and I am ready to deal with the many challenges and opportunities immediately following the election. I seek to champion a resilient green City, a youth-friendly and age-friendly City, a financially viable and responsible City, a respectful and inclusive City. Working together, we can be all that, and more. At the Advance Polls, and on October 22nd, I urge all citizens to get out and vote for the school trustees, the city councillors, and the Mayor, and ensure that Winnipeg gets the government it needs now.


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Looking back at loss: what defeat meant for alsoran mayoral candidates

Friday, 28 August 2015

David Sanders may have lost the mayoral race, but he remains a frequent figure at city hall. "If things were going well, (I wouldn't)," he said. "I have many more crusades to go on. I don't need to be there at all." The property tax consultant and ...

David Sanders stirs up rapid transit expropriation hearing

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Former mayoral candidate David Sanders expressed his concern over the planned route being pursued in phase two of Winnipeg's bus rapid transit (BRT) plan. Sanders appeared as a witness at the hearing for some residents whose homes risk being ...

FP comments, Aug. 5

Wednesday, 05 August 2015

Re: Rapid transit corridor will be scrutinized at public inquiry beginning Tuesday (Aug. 3). If George Ulyatt's job is to determine whether the expropriations are "fair and reasonably necessary," I highly doubt he's going to comment on David Sanders ...

City looks to expropriate 33 properties for rapid transit

Tuesday, 04 August 2015

The so-called “dog-leg” route through the Parker Lands has also sparked opposition from David Sanders, a 2014 mayoral candidate. “The travel time, they admitted today is the same ... that makes no sense whatsoever. They can't give any (exact) ridership ...

Bowman spent $28K less on winning campaign | Winnipeg | News | Winnipeg Sun

Thursday, 16 July 2015

David Sanders: Total campaign income: $13,886.27; Total period expenses: $13,886.27; Campaign period surplus (deficit): $0. Paula Havixbeck: Total campaign income: $36,896; Total period expenses: $36,757; Campaign period surplus (deficit): $139.

WasylyciaLeis raised, spent more than Bowman in 2014 Winnipeg election CBC

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Robert-Falcon Ouellette, who came in third, received and spent $64,710, while fourth-place candidate David Sanders raised and spent $13,886.27. Hazem Aslan and Mike Vogiatzakis face prosecution for failing to file audited financial statements of their ...

Taxis: The Uber war is over, get with the times

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The new chairman of the Manitoba Taxicab Board said he wants the ride-sharing app Uber to play by the rules if it plans to come to our province. But here's a better idea for David Sanders: Throw out the rule book altogether. Or at least give it a ...

Concern over wetland damage could halt transitway construction

Thursday, 23 April 2015

David Sanders, a community activist, said the city was already required to conduct a field study of the wetlands later this spring as a condition of its environmental license, adding this more comprehensive review could result in the province referring ...

Winnipeggers OK to tape cops: Clunis

Saturday, 11 April 2015

But questions were raised whether a similar incident would be filmed here because, during his presentation to the board, Winnipegger David Sanders said "Members of the WPS are told that they can and should prevent citizens from taking photographs or ...

New city CAO brings simple vow: change

Wednesday, 08 April 2015

Former mayoral candidate David Sanders repeatedly accuses the senior administration of outright deception and incompetence. The RCMP have launched a full-blown criminal investigation into the allegations surrounding the police-headquarters project, ...

New CAO wants to be part of change at city hall

Tuesday, 07 April 2015

Former mayoral candidate David Sanders repeatedly accuses the senior administration of outright deception and incompetence. The RCMP have launched a full-blown criminal investigation into the allegations surrounding the police headquarters project and ...

New CAO wants to be part of change at city hall

Tuesday, 07 April 2015

Former mayoral candidate David Sanders repeatedly accuses the senior administration of outright deception and incompetence. The RCMP have launched a full-blown criminal investigation into the allegations surrounding the police headquarters project and ...

Budget 2015 LIVE: Mayor Bowman seems to have support of most councillors

Monday, 23 March 2015

Opposition to the budget also came from several individuals, including former mayoral candidate David Sanders, former River Heights councillor Garth Steek, and CUPE 500 president Mike Davidson. Steek chastised the council for being pre-occupied with ...

Exflood guru picked to be new CAO

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Former mayoral candidate David Sanders repeatedly accuses the senior administration of outright deception and incompetence. It will be McNeil's job to restore council and the public's trust in the senior administration, and that will likely mean ...

30year bureaucrat recommended as Winnipeg's new CAO

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Former mayoral candidate David Sanders repeatedly accuses the senior administration of outright deception and incompetence. It will be McNeil's job to restore council and the public's trust in the senior administration and that will likely mean ...

Winnipeg councillor peppers BRT critic over 'hijacked' route

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Brian Mayes threw down the gaunlet when unsuccessful mayoral candidate David Sanders repeated his opposition to the Parker Lands route at Tuesday's Executive Policy Committee meeting. Mayes took issue with Sanders' assertion at the last council ...

Allard pushes for Marion Street improvements at budget meeting

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Harvey Smith will argue against the special 5-cent-fare hike for transit in 2016 to finance the transitway corridor costs – and David Sanders will likely repeat his arguments that the transitway corridor is a waste of money and should be scrapped. Also ...

Reinstatement of street leaf sweeping sought

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

David Sanders, the unsuccessful mayoral candidate and administration critic, argued for council to abandon the transitway corridor route -- a case he makes almost every time he appears before a committee or council. He said documents he received as a ...

Public Works committee debates restoring streetsweeping program

Monday, 16 March 2015

David Sanders, administration critic and former mayoral candidate, argued for council to abandon the transitway corridor route — a case he makes almost every time he appears before a committee or council. Sanders said the copies of documents he ...

Busy day at public works meeting

Monday, 16 March 2015

David Sanders: He raised concerns over the city's investment in the southwest transit corridor and questioned the city's support of the Parker Lands dogleg route. Joseph Kornelsen on behalf of Functional Transit Winnipeg: Instead of investing in the ...

Delegates lined up to speak to Winnipeg's 2015 budget at special EPC meeting

Monday, 16 March 2015

Harvey Smith, ex-mayoral candidate David Sanders, Mike Davidson of CUPE Local 500 and Mark Cohoe of Bike Winnipeg. But there are also representatives of groups that aren't regulars, such as Save Our Seine, Mediation Services, the Social Planning ...

Unanimous approval for expropriation

Thursday, 26 February 2015

David Sanders, the administration critic and unsuccessful mayoral candidate, appeared as a delegation and asked council to defer voting on the expropriation until the administration releases several studies related to both projects. Sanders said he ...

City approves expropriating 36 parcels of land for transitway, storm retention ...

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

David Sanders, the administration critic and unsuccessful mayoral candidate, appeared at the meeting and asked council to defer voting on the expropriation until the administration releases several studies related to both projects. Sanders said he ...

New questions on city's moves

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

David Sanders, a critic of the civic administration who unsuccessfully ran for mayor, said the Stantec study is embarrassing to city staff and he believes they kept it secret for almost four years for that reason. "They proposed doing something that ...

City struggles to get it right

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

City hall watchdog David Sanders was denied access to studies and reports on the BRT corridor and retention pond issues on the specious grounds they constitute advice to government. The Free Press sought the same information but was told it would take ...


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