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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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...

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...

Mayoral candidates snipe over Portage & Main

October 14, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...to accuse Mayor Brian Bowman of withholding information to influence voters. While the leak was tiny and under control, the conversation about Portage and Main reached yet another head this weekend, as private landowners at the intersection revealed the dilapidated waterproofing membrane running above the...

Portage and Main barriers may be ripped out regardless of referendum

October 12, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...Later membership. Simply add a form of payment and pay only 27¢ per article. A growing body of engineering information from private landowners at Portage and Main suggests the barriers will have to be removed to allow for the replacement of a membrane that prevents moisture from leaking into the concourse that...

Taking aim at apathy

October 12, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...really exciting" can get more people to vote in a municipal election, but Koop doubts the contentious plebiscite question on whether to reopen Portage and Main to pedestrians will drive more Winnipeggers to the polls. "Some people really want it to open but they fall into the groups that are more likely to...

Exchange District businesses rally in support of opening Portage and Main

October 12, 2018

Global News - ...District BIZ, along with more than a dozen area businesses, will post signs and do outreach about why they believe bringing down the barriers at Portage and Main is good for the city. READ MORE: Barriers a barrier to developing Portage and Main, property owners say “Most people just haven’t been given a...

Mayoral debate features a few jabs, no knockout blows

October 11, 2018

Winnipeg Sun - ... “I beg to differ,” Woodstock fired back. During a yes or no period in the debate, seven of the eight candidates said they were against opening Portage and Main. Only Bowman threw his support behind opening the controversial intersection, whose fate will be decided on a plebiscite attached to the ballot on...

Answers in mayoral debate range from Portage and Main to Panama Canal

October 11, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...focused on crime, transportation, and how to keep young people from leaving Winnipeg. Brian Bowman is the only mayoral candidate who wants to see Portage and Main reopened, Jenny Motkaluk threw away her only chance to ask the incumbent a direct question, and questions were raised -- but not answered -- about...

St. Boniface councillor proposes free bus fare for kids under 12

October 11, 2018

Global News - ...cab fare, you’ve got a new fare that wasn’t there,” he said. “Every time somebody chooses to take the bus, that’s one less car stuck at Portage and Main waiting to get across. I think any policy we can support to get people out of their cars and into the bus, there’s going to be less road...

Hard to get fired up over slow burn civic election campaign

October 11, 2018

Global News - ...calls the campaign so far sleepy. “It’s a bit of a yawner.” She says that’s due to the lack of a real hot button issue like opening Portage and Main. She says it was smart of Mayor Brian Bowman to defuse the issue by deferring to a yes or no plebiscite on the ballot. READ MORE: Winnipeg votes...

CBC’s Ismaila Alfa tracks how long it takes to cross Portage and Main — underground — in a wheelchair

October 10, 2018

CBC Manitoba - ...for people with disabilities and active transportation who favour opening Portage and Main to pedestrians invited members of the public to try their hands at getting across the intersection in a wheelchair. The event was organized by Winnipeg Trails Association. "We're asking people to time it to see...

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