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Scott Gillingham

Candidate in the Mayoral Candidates race.

Scott can be reached on social media, or at [email protected].

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Questionnaire Response

Scott Gillingham - Mayoral Candidates

What got you into politics?

I had worked as a Christian pastor for two decades, and I wanted a new challenge that would allow me to serve the people I knew in my community but work with them in a different and more practical way.

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

As City Council’s Finance Chair, I led six budget processes – and as Mayor, I’d have a chance to apply the lessons I learned. But this time, I’d be able to use that experience as City Council’s leader – with a clear mandate to make the budget process more open, more transparent, more strategic and to ensure Winnipeg has adequate revenue to fund key services. I’m a former Police Board Chair – and I can draw on that experience to support the Chair and members in a push for more proactive policing and upstream crime prevention policies like those championed effectively by former Chief Devon Clunis. I’ve learned firsthand about regional and intergovernmental challenges as Co-Chair of the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, and I’ve learned about key overland trade issues as a City of Winnipeg representative on the NASCO board. Before I was a councillor, I also served the community on senior’s home and community boards, so I appreciate the challenges faced by small organizations across Winnipeg.

Finally, as a pastor, I learned to listen carefully to people. Great listening can often be a more powerful tool in politics and government than great speaking.

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?

Infrastructure: We must invest in our transportation system. My “Big Move” plan means more road repairs, more buses , more investment in trade routes and more connected  bike routes. My opponents mocked this at first, but now they are promising to do more to fix road repair and fix Kenaston after all.

Crime Prevention: Winnipeg police are too focused on reactive policing and not enough on the kind of community-linked, data-driven, “upstream” crime prevention championed by former Chief Clunis. I will sit on the Police Board to seek the return of effective proactive policing initiatives that were cancelled while Councillor Klein chaired the Police Board, and we need a Mayor who understands and supports a real crime prevention strategy.

Customer Service: Winnipeggers will have more support for public services if they’re operating well. I’ll reinvest in 311 and launch “Neighborhood Action Teams.”

Homelessness: I want to lead a shift in approach so Winnipeg is taking the lead through community partnerships where we can, instead of waiting for other governments to solve this problem for us.

Building a Stronger City: Plans like “Patio City,” faster urban reserve approvals and rec infrastructure programs will help us build Winnipeg’s economic and social strength.

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

Leadership isn’t just about a resume or a platform of commitments. It’s also about how you work with people. I truly believe in the power of collaboration. “One with the strength of many” is our City’s motto, and I’m committed to make that spirit of unity real, uniting City Council, city staff and the public behind common goals so we can spend more time solving problems and meeting Winnipeg’s great potential, and spend less time debating about the process we’ll take to get there.

News that mentions Scott Gillingham

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Winnipeg police, union strike tentative deal over pension, wages

June 28, 2023

CTV - ...provisions. An arbitrator ruled against the city, saying it could not act outside of the bargaining table, and awarded damages to the union. Mayor Scott Gillingham says the city needs to move towards a more equal contribution rate. “Certainly, we’re not there yet, but this gets us moving in the right...

Winnipeg to spend $1.25 million for renovations to 19 community centres – Winnipeg

June 28, 2023

Global News - ...have the necessary resources to undertake repairs, upgrades and safety improvements that enhance the overall experience for visitors,” said Mayor Scott Gillingham in a press release. “Thank you to the dedicated board members and staff who manage and operate our community centres. Their hard work and...

Winnipeg renews free program to train, certify lifeguards for 2nd year amid national shortage

June 27, 2023

CBC Manitoba - ...of the free program, which the city first offered last year, is to keep staffing levels up to par at Winnipeg pools and aquatic facilities, Mayor Scott Gillingham said at a Tuesday news conference. "Through that program, we've recently added 58 new instructor guards and six aquatic instructors, and now we're...

City extends free lifeguard training to bolster staffing

June 27, 2023

Winnipeg Free Press - ...that the need for water safety and the need for individuals, children especially, to learn how to swim is really, really critical,” said Mayor Scott Gillingham Tuesday. “We know that parents want that, the demand is strong from parents across our city.” MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES...

Letters, June 24 – Winnipeg Free Press

June 24, 2023

Winnipeg Free Press - ...for property owners. The time has come for property owners to take a collective stand and oppose this long standing misuse of property taxes. Mayor Scott Gillingham and councillors must stop raiding property taxes because they have the power to do so. They must look into levying an annual weight-based...

Speeding up permit timelines, bringing Transit Plus in house will cost millions: City of Winnipeg reports

June 22, 2023

CBC Manitoba - ...permit departments, aimed at speeding up timelines for permit approvals and imposing financial penalties if staff fail to meet them. Mayor Scott Gillingham says he may push to delay a vote on hiring extra staff until later this year. He wants to give incoming planning, property and development director...

City’s permit department seeks massive budget, staffing boost

June 22, 2023

Winnipeg Free Press - ...didn’t think these bills out very clearly… They’ve thought about the timelines but not the staff required to deliver them,” she said. Mayor Scott Gillingham said he would prefer to see the city’s incoming planning, property and development director, Hazel Borys, assess permitting resources and needs...

City looks at closing troubled Portage and Main stairway

June 22, 2023

Winnipeg Free Press - ... “It stinks, it doesn’t feel safe. This isn’t a way to design a city with bunkers,” she said. “It’s really past its prime.” Mayor Scott Gillingham said he’s undecided and would wait to hear Tuesday’s discussion, but he called ensuring public access on par with what the city could provide...

Keeping the door open at city hall – Winnipeg Free Press

June 20, 2023

Winnipeg Free Press - ...the public, make use of the technology that’s available to us to make it easier for people to participate in democratic processes,” said Mayor Scott Gillingham. He’s absolutely right. There is no downside to keeping a remote option for those who may need it — whether we’re talking about city hall or...

Costco plans fourth city warehouse near racetrack: report

June 15, 2023

Winnipeg Free Press - ...a city report reveals. “The proposed commercial building will contain a Costco Wholesale Corporation retail store,” the report notes. Mayor Scott Gillingham said the expansion bodes well to attract more development and shoppers to the area. “Costco, just by its sheer size and volume, the amount of...