2018 Kevin Klein

Charleswood - Tuxedo Ward

Kevin Klein

Candidate Charleswood - Tuxedo

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

Platform: Klein’s priorities are better roads, safer streets and transparency at City Hall.

He says, “We need to improve transparency, nothing should be hidden from the people we work for, meaning those who elected us.” He says Council needs to challenge how it spends people’s money, adding “I will start by holding senior administrators accountable when it impacts people's homes and when spending tax payer’s money. I've never been afraid to ask tough questions, those questions will continue at City Hall, because we cannot accept the status quo.” .

Klein believes the public service is not taking its lead from the mayor and council as it should. He cites the administration’s recent decision to spend $1.5 million to begin the planning process of opening Portage and Main before the October 24 referendum.

Klein would repair infrastructure, especially community centres. He will assess all council investments on the value each project delivers.

A political rookie who describes himself as fiscally conservative, Klein is a business consultant. He spent over fifteen years as a senior executive, including his time as publisher and CEO of the Winnipeg Sun and as an MTS divisional president.

Klein is an active community volunteer, having served on the boards of the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, Prairie Action Foundation, and the Better Business Bureau - Manitoba and North Western Ontario. He has earned several professional awards for his accomplishments and recognition for his dedication to young people in hockey and martial arts, and for his personal commitment and advocacy to stop domestic violence.

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?

Our family has a dog and as like many people he's not a pet he's a member of our family.

I will be an advocate for funds through the budget process to upgrade our existing dog parks and create new ones. I believe the Off-Leash Area Master Plan is a critical document to develop a strong framework for managing these parks in the future and for designating new parks. Clearly we must upgrade our existing parks.

While respecting dog owners needs we must also respect the needs of non-dog owners and those that may be fearful of dogs. Currently fences do not exist in most of the off-leash parks and that needs to be a priority as it benefits everyone. I'm aware that parks are creating issues for homeowners who live close with respect to parking issues. We can respect their rights as well and consider, as part of the plan, appropriate parking.

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 fully support the concept of single-use off leash dog parks and will advocate WINDOG’s proposal. This is a win - win solution. I have spoken with people in Charleswood, Tuxedo and Westwood that don’t appreciate the idea of dogs being off leash for many reasons. Once I take the time to provide information about off-leash parks their fears and concerns are often addressed. I will state It is important to find suitable locations for these parks. With proper planning and appropriate placement the off-leash parks can benefit everyone, including my dog Indie.