Ballot Question


Ballot Question

On July 19, 2018, Winnipeg City Council directed the City Clerk to place the following question on the ballot of the 2018 Municipal Election:

“Do you support the opening of Portage and Main to pedestrian crossings? YES/NO”

The question will appear at the bottom of your ballot below the races for Mayor, Councillor and School Trustee.

Latest Portage and Main News

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ELECTION 2018: Roads, infrastructure big issue for North Kildonan

October 22, 2018

Winnipeg Sun - ...fleet and improving the frequency of buses on major routes. But one issue where the two candidates couldn’t be farther apart is the reopening of Portage and Main to pedestrians. Browaty has been one of the most vocal opponents to the project while Podolecki is personally in favour but said he will respect the...

A campaign of hotly contested opinions

October 22, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...on Oct. 24. In addition to the mayoral election, which has been a hotly contested race between eight candidates, there is the referendum on opening Portage and Main, which seems to face widespread opposition throughout the city. Candidates in St. Vital have been making the rounds to talk with residents and to...

Where everybody knows your name

October 21, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...unlike Gillingham, he has not been a member of the mayor’s circle who sits on the executive policy committee. He’s also against reopening Portage and Main to pedestrians and would put the brakes on bus rapid transit. Gillingham is running on his record, which includes being chairman of both the...

Results: Portage and Main Plebiscite

October 21, 2018

Global News - ...will have their say on whether they think the barricades should come down at Portage and Main in a plebiscite that quickly became one of the main, if not the main, issues of the general election. While a plebiscite is different than a referendum in that the results are non-binding, most of the mayor...

Festival at Portage and Main encourages people to vote for removal of barricades

October 20, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...musicians, artists, food and drinks designed to celebrate the iconic intersection of Portage Avenue and Main Street. Having the intersection of Portage and Main closed to pedestrians is a 40-year experiment whose time has passed. Having the intersection of Portage and Main closed to pedestrians is a 40-year...

Vote Open coalition hosts Open Fest at Portage and Main

October 20, 2018

Global News - ...from Vote Open, the group lobbying to remove the barriers at Winnipeg’s Portage and Main, are hosting Open Fest at the iconic intersection on Saturday as part of their latest effort to encourage the public to vote in favour of removing the barriers in next week’s plebiscite. Richardson Plaza is...

Winnipeggers brave chill for Vote Open free festival at Portage and Main

October 20, 2018

Winnipeg Sun - ...craft breweries. Admission was free with donations being accepted and all funds raised going to the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation. “(Portage and Main) used to be full of people,” said Swanson. “The last four or five decades it hasn’t been. Obviously, the Vote Open campaign wants to change...

Festival celebrates Portage and Main ahead of election

October 20, 2018

CTV - ...to walk, bike or take Winnipeg Transit to get to OpenFest. All vendors are donating a portion of their services. A BALLOT QUESTION ON OCT. 24 Portage and Main was closed to pedestrians more than 40 years ago. On Oct. 24, as part of the civic election, Winnipeg voters will be asked a ballot question about...

The remaking of candidate Brian Bowman

October 16, 2018

CBC Manitoba - ...envisioned in Winnipeg's transportation master plan by the year 2030, at a cost estimated in the billions of dollars. He pledged to reopen Portage and Main to pedestrians by the year 2019. He promised to direct city council to elect members of executive policy committee instead of appointing loyalists...

Election Extra: Plebiscite pondering

October 15, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...as seen from the roof of the Fairmont Hotel. (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press files) The current conversation regarding the question of reopening Portage and Main to pedestrian traffic is anything but that. While it's true that the Oct. 24 ballot will consider both sides of the issue with a simple YES/NO...

Plebiscite question is poorly timed

October 15, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...whole underground space user-friendly and commercially viable. The question on the ballot will be a narrow one: “Do you support the opening of Portage and Main to pedestrian crossings? YES/NO” In these circumstances, the Oct. 24 referendum cannot settle the larger question before Winnipeg: what will we...

Vote Open recommends transit malls to improve traffic flow if Portage, Main barriers come down

October 15, 2018

Global News - ...delays around Portage and Main are the biggest concern around bringing down the barriers at Winnipeg’s most iconic intersection, and the team behind opening it says transit malls may be a solution. The Coalition for Portage & Main said Monday city council should consider a transit mall along Fort Street...

That time they closed Portage and Main to pedestrians

October 15, 2018

CBC Manitoba - Portage and Main in Winnipeg may be the most famous intersection in Canada. Winnipeggers celebrated Canada's 150th birthday by forming a "Living Leaf" at the intersection of Portage and Main on July 1, 2017. (John Woods/Canadian Press) Despite being closed to foot traffic, the historic intersection is a natural...

‘People have said that I’m angry.… The truth of the matter is I am’: Jenny Motkaluk on her mayoral run

October 15, 2018

CBC Manitoba - ...Bowman? Somebody has to,'" she says, citing complaints about Bowman's push to impose growth fees, support for rapid transit and desire to reopen Portage and Main to pedestrians. Motkaluk says she initially planned to aid a high-profile candidate in a quest to become the first challenger to knock off an...

Building Kenaston up instead of out, more town halls among proposals from Charleswood-Tuxedo candidates

October 14, 2018

CBC Manitoba - ...Bowman, he's a nice young man but I don't think he was in any way, shape or form ready to be the mayor." The candidate said Bowman's push to open Portage and Main to pedestrians made him doubt Bowman's capacity as a leader. Nordman also said it is a shame no expressways were ever built in Winnipeg in the...

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