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Mike Wiens is a 'dog-unfriendly' candidate who maintains dog parks are not a priority for City Council. See his comments below.
Platform: Wiens’s priorities are accountability, investing in infrastructure, improving the City’s operational efficiency, creating a business-friendly culture at City Hall, improving public safety and public transit, and curbing urban sprawl. He promises to ensure taxpayers get value for every penny the City spends. He wants term limits for City Councillors. He has taken no position on the opening of Portage and Main.
Wiens says the city’s infrastructure is top priority; he will not support initiatives that draw tax dollars away from core services. He pledges to be an advocate for parks, community centers, and recreational lands.
Creating operational efficiencies for city departments is also a priority. He says the best way to achieve efficiencies and improve departments is to listen to staff.
Wiens wants to make Winnipeg a beacon that attracts business. He says he’s seen businesses leave Winnipeg due to the anti-business attitude on city council.
It’s a priority for Wiens to ensure the City provides the Winnipeg Police Service with the resources it needs. He wants to prohibit panhandling, which he says has become “an epidemic” across the city.
Wiens wants to reduce public transit fares and keep them affordable. He proposes creating more efficient public transit lanes by sharing, where possible, public transit and rail line routes.
Wiens says urban sprawl and the cost of servicing new neighbourhoods has impacted Mynarski ward. He says that while Mynarski residents finance the cost of providing services to an ever-expanding municipality, the ward is at the bottom of the list for infrastructure renewal and community improvements.
According to Weins, the Portage and Main debate shows that council needs direction. And while he doesn’t take a stand on the issue itself, he says the upcoming referendum is “only the beginning to have a direct say in how we progress as a city. We must DEMAND this mechanism for other initiatives.”
Wiens is the owner of the DLM Group of Companies, a family owned and operated firm that specializes in transportation, warehousing and packaging as well as construction and consulting.
Wiens ran federally for the Reform Party in 1993 and 1997 in the ridings of Winnipeg North and Winnipeg North Centre.
I appreciate your interest in this election campaign but I must tell you that The city has a great deal of pressing problems.
The need for off leash parks is not at the top of the priority list of the current council.