Brian Bowman

Brian Bowman

Phone: 431-222-4974
Incumbent Since 2014

Brian Bowman

Candidate in the Mayoral Candidates race.

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Questionnaire Response

Brian Bowman - Mayoral Candidates

Why did you decide to run in the 2018 (Winnipeg Civic Election / School Board Election)?

I am running for re-election because I want to continue building a growing, thriving, and more modern city. A city with safer neighbourhoods, and a vibrant downtown where Winnipeggers want to work, live, and play. An inclusive city for human rights, with a stronger and more transparent government working for all Winnipeggers and investing today for a future population of one million people strong. We have achieved a lot together and we cannot afford to turn the clock back. We need to keep our momentum going and we need to continue building on the progress we’ve made.


What experience will you bring to complement your role as (Mayor / Councillor / School Trustee)?

I have the ability to convene stakeholders and work collaboratively with them. As Mayor, success is only possible through collaboration with fellow Councillors, other levels of government, and different stakeholders for the betterment of the entire city. As Mayor, you need to be able to govern for all Winnipeggers and that’s something I feel I have been able to do.  I also believe that my experience serving and advocating for the community through organizations like the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the University of Manitoba, and Ka Ni Kanichihk has allowed me to be a better Mayor. As a past Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, I fully appreciate how important it is to support small and medium sized businesses – which are the engine of our economy – across the city. We are a growing city, and the Mayor of Winnipeg needs to support that growth.


What are some issues that you would like to stand for in your role as (Mayor / Councillor / School Trustee), and why are these issues important to you?

I want to continue building a stronger government and that is why I am committing to greater openness and transparency. Over the last four years, we have taken significant steps to make more information available to taxpayers so they know how tax dollars are being invested. By increasing openness and transparency, we are able to increase accountability. Our initiatives over the last four years have contributed to the City of Winnipeg increasing its ranking on the Open Cities Index from eleventh in 2015 to third in 2018,  and as ranking fifth in the world by the Intelligent City Forum. We need to continue.

I also want to build a safer city for Winnipeggers because I want to make it a better city for everyone. This requires a multi-faceted approach as well as cooperation between governments and across the community with many different agencies already working to address many of the socioeconomic and health factors contributing to criminal activity and violence. I favour a multi-pronged approach to address drug addiction. I am committing to forming a Meth Task Force with the provincial and federal government. I also support the Winnipeg Police Service’s Illicit Drug Strategy, focusing on enforcement, intervention, and education. 


What is something that you appreciate about the (City of Winnipeg / the ward / the school ward or school division) you wish to represent?

The thing I appreciate the most about Winnipeg is that it is such a diverse city with deep roots. Just in the last four years, Winnipeg’s population grew from 698,000 to over 750,000 today, driven in large part by newcomers calling our city their home. Our strength will continue to drive our great city to success. That is why we should be optimistic about our future.

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

I am very proud of our award-winning pedestrian and cycling strategy. You will notice more active transportation facilities across the city.  During my tenure as Mayor, Council has invested a record $40.6 million over the last four years in all infrastructure related to active transportation. That was the result of working collaboratively with Councillors and key stakeholders. In order to be a growing, more modern city, we need to offer our citizens a range of commuting options that can improve their standard of living. That is why I am committed to expanding our active transportation network over the next four years.


News that mentions Brian Bowman

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Motkaluk pledges to freeze Winnipeg water and sewer rates until audit is done

October 16, 2018

CBC Manitoba - ...said Tuesday not all of the proceeds from these hikes have been spent on the projects in question. Motkaluk blamed incumbent mayoral candidate Brian Bowman for allowing rates to increase. "It's just another example of Mr. Bowman's 'put on a happy face and our best days are here' charade," she said at...

Motkaluk promises freeze of water and waste rates

October 16, 2018

Winnipeg Sun - ...justified to the ratepayers for the specific projects, not to support general revenue for the city,” said Motkaluk. Incumbent mayoral candidate Brian Bowman, however, said the city has a clear need for that revenue. “The South End treatment plant work is ongoing and there will be a significant...

Bowman vows to continue fight against homelessness

October 16, 2018

Winnipeg Sun - Brian Bowman says if he is re-elected as mayor, he wants to make sure no Winnipeggers are left behind. Bowman said Tuesday that he will continue support of the United Way’s Plan to End Homelessness, an initiative that city council pumped $150,000 into in 2015 to help United Way’s community efforts over...

The remaking of candidate Brian Bowman

October 16, 2018

CBC Manitoba - ...the basis of temperature alone, Winnipeggers ought to have warm memories of the day Brian Bowman was elected mayor. The temperature peaked at 17 C on Oct. 22, 2014. On that unusually balmy October evening, Bowman sailed into the mayor's office on a platform laden with ambitious promises. During the 2014...

Overwhelming majority of Winnipeggers agree with ban on handguns: Probe poll

October 15, 2018

Winnipeg Sun - ...adults aged 55 and over attach greater urgency to banning handguns (81% vs. 67% among those 18- 34). At campaign events Monday, both Mayor Brian Bowman and mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk weighed in on the poll. “I think anything that can be done to remove handguns from our streets is positive...

Election Extra: Plebiscite pondering

October 15, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...and Janice Lukes and mayoral hopeful Jenny Motkaluk, who seemed intent on making Portage and Main a frontrunners'-showdown issue until incumbent Brian Bowman — once a very vocal supporter of the reopening effort — backed away from his old campaign promise and declared he will honour the results of the...

Plebiscite question is poorly timed

October 15, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ease the traffic congestion above ground. If they say no, council will feel no obligation to do anything about improving the traffic hub. Mayor Brian Bowman may be released from an old promise to remove the pedestrian barriers, but that is all that will be accomplished. The mayor and council elected by...

BRODBECK: Time for blackouts in city elections

October 15, 2018

Winnipeg Sun - ...right up until election day. There are no provincial statutes preventing them from doing so, which is wrong. And politicians like mayoral candidate Brian Bowman take full advantage of it. Things are much different at the provincial level. Under Manitoba’s Election Financing Act, government – including...

Another city councillor backs Motkaluk’s bid for mayor

October 15, 2018

CTV - Another Brian Bowman critic on Winnipeg City Council is officially backing his main rival for Mayor, Jenny Motkaluk. Mynarki councillor and candidate Ross Eadie is supporting Motkaluk's bid. He joins Jeff Browaty and Jason Schreyer. Eadie says he decided to endorse Motkaluk after she announced her tax plan...

Brian Bowman Would Create Youth Council if Re-Elected

October 15, 2018

ChrisD - ...— Brian Bowman says he would establish a youth advisory council if re-elected Winnipeg’s mayor. The council would consist of up to 15 members allowing for one youth council member to be selected from each of the city’s existing 15 electoral wards. “There are so many young people in our...

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