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WINDOG considers Jenny Motkaluk to be 'dog-unfriendly'. In spite of repeated requests, she did not wish to share her views on off-leash dog parks with voters.
Platform: Motkaluk opposes incumbent Mayor Bowman on key projects such as BRT and Portage and Main and pursues a more traditional, suburban platform to his “urbanist” one.
She identifies reducing crime, fixing Winnipeg's roads, making life easier for business, and growing the economy as her top priorities. Lower on the list are three “important” priorities – community pride, service delivery and transit services.
Asserting that she is "pro-transit but anti-BRT, Motkaluk says that, if elected, there will be no further development of the bus rapid transit system once the Southwest Transitway is completed.Motkaluk believes city transit money would be better spent on buying more buses. She would put more buses on existing routes, running them more frequently to improve service and get people to their destinations faster and more reliably. "Dedicated roadways are not the solution to our transit problems," she says.
She opposes the re-opening of Portage and Main and promises to stop all spending on the project, if elected.
On infrastructure, Motkaluk says she will be proposing a much bigger role for public-private partnerships (P3s) in the repair and rebuilding of roads. She says that the City currently does not consider the long-term costs of maintaining and repairing roadways in its infrastructure planning. Under her plan, contractors would be asked to find better ways of building roads and then bid to take on long-term responsibility for maintaining them.
She would like to see more police officers assigned to "proactive" street patrol and fewer involved in special task forces. She suggests putting officers on city buses, particularly on routes identified as high risk for riders and drivers She would double the number of police resource officers in schools by the end of 2022 including, for the first time, in elementary facilities.
Motkaluk is also advocating policies to help drive business investment. She has not said what she will do with property taxes or growth fees on new suburban development.
Motkaluk is a business-development consultant. She served on the Winnipeg’s Board of Revision, which adjudicates property tax disputes. Motkaluk earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from the University of British Columbia.
Motkaluk describes herself as being pro-business but non-partisan; she worked for the Manitoba Liberals in the 2011 election and supported a Progressive Consevative River Heights candidate in the 2016 election. She ran for a council seat in 2010 but has never held public office.