2018 Michael Thompson

Fort Rouge - East Fort Garry

Michael Thompson

Fort Rouge - East Fort Garry

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A dog-friendly candidate and a dog owner himself, Michael Thompson supports dedicated tax-based funding for dog parks and their designation as 'single-use'. See his comments below.

Platform: Thompson’s priorities are infrastructure, transportation, economic development, community and neighbourhood growth, and enhancing Winnipeg’s downtown area.

Thompson says upgrading and expanding the public transportation system are necessary. He also believes that changes are needed to ensure that employees and transit users feel safe. He wants public transit to be affordable and accessible.

Thompson supports active transportation projects like the Osborne/Downtown Active Transportation Bridge, additional bike lanes, and the expansion of river trails.

Thompson wants Winnipeg to be a world-class destination, saying conferences, conventions and global events generate significant tourism revenue.

He says investing in infrastructure will allow major companies and industries to compete on a global scale, adding that technological innovation benefits everyone. Not surprisingly, Thompson wants the City to make greater use of technology, suggesting citizens use smart phone apps to submit utility readings and that a new website be created to allow residents to track services, utility bills and property taxes.

Thompson supports the rehabilitation of existing fire halls and community centres. He wants the City to invest in municipal golf courses, protect the urban forest, and improve parks and recreation programs. He suggests autonomous grass cutting at community centres.

Thompson is committed to making further improvements to encourage activity in the downtown area. He suggests public washrooms and clearer signage. He believes the high cost of parking deters people from going downtown and will advocate a freeze on meter fees, free parking on Saturdays, and free parking after 8pm everyday. Thompson studied computer science at the University of Manitoba for several years. He has a project management certificate from Red River College and management certificate from the University of Winnipeg.

Thompson was employed by Western Canada Lottery Corporation for seventeen years and currently works for Kiwi Installations and Christie Lites.

Thompson has been involved with Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel - a fundraising initiative for the Heart and Stroke Foundation - for almost two decades, most recently on the Board of Directors. He has held several positions on the boards of Toastmasters International and the Agassiz Music Festival Cello Festival of Canada and has been an active volunteer with the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival.

Q1: If elected, will you put forward and/or support a motion in Council to create a dedicated tax-supported capital fund for the creation of new dog parks and the upgrading of existing ones to comply with standards in the City of Winnipeg’s new Off-Leash Area Master Plan? Why or why not?

I would put forward and/or support the motion in Council since it is already part of the recommendation of the plan offered by the City administration. In campaign door to door many residents in this ward have shown interest in dog parks close to their homes.

Q2: If elected, will you put forward and/or support a motion to designate off-leash areas as “single-use” parks where only those activities associated with off-leash dogs are permitted? Why or why not?

I would put forward and or support a motion to designate off-leash areas as single use parks. I am a dog owner and I support adapting our community space for today’s changing needs.