2018 Marcel Boille

St. Boniface Ward

Marcel Boille

St. Boniface

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WINDOG considers Marcel Boille to be a 'dog-unfriendly candidate'. He does not support dedicated tax-based funding to create and operate off-leash areas or designating them as 'single-use'.

Platform:Boille is strongly opposed to re-opening Portage and Main. He believes pedestrian traffic will delay vehicular traffic and possibly result in casualties. He says, “The cost of doing this would pave a lot of back lanes.”

Boille believes expanding rapid transit is a waste of money, claiming the existing system is losing ridership and that there is no proof that rapid transit will increase either ridership or revenue. “Fix what is broken first before expanding” is his motto.

Calling on his experience as a realtor, Boille says he will not support growth fees. He hopes the courts void them but if they don’t he pledges to work to have them removed. He says the effects of growth fees are already being felt with fewer home sales. As sales decrease he believes that thousands of real estate, construction and building supplies jobs will be lost.

Boille wants WPS to focus more on crime prevention and the current drug problems and less on traffic enforcement. He will push to eliminate reduced speed in school zones, to install visible un-obstructed flashing lights, and better speed limit signage. He wants to do away with mobile photo radar and have police resources returned to the streets saying, “Visible police cars on the streets are the best deterrent to speeding and criminal activity.”

For more efficient traffic movement, Boille will push to have traffic lights on all major thoroughfares synchronized. For fairness and improved traffic safety he will work to correct specific engineering deficiencies that he says are being enforced for revenue - proper amber light timing, speed-limit setting and dual signing of speed reductions.

Boille supports transferring ambulance and first responders service to the Province saying, “This is a health-related issue which is a Provincial responsibility. It should not be funded by municipal property taxes.

He wants the water and sewer department returned to a separate entity out of the reach of city coffers, because “this utility is constantly raided by the City administration."

And although he does not feel that property owners should bear the burden of eliminating poverty and homelessness, he would like the City to take the lead in eliminating them by going after the Province for funding. He also wants the City to make housing more affordable by lowering barriers in home renovations and construction that force housing prices up saying, “Many dwellings are in sad condition because of City red tape and the extreme cost incurred to modernize these buildings.” He wants community centers to be available to all who cannot afford to use them promising, “We will look at creative ways to help them without having to have these kids pay fees that they cannot afford.”

Boille has been self-employed most of his life, working in construction for 40 plus years. He is currently a real estate agent with Quest Residential. He has extensive experience in accounting. and many years experience in automotive and architectural drafting.

Boille has been an active community volunteer, He co-founded St. Boniface Children’s Place d’Enfants daycare and was a board member there for many years. He also served as a Director ofNotre Dame Recreation Centre for many years and has been a member of the Knights of Columbus since 2000.

French is his first language but Boille is bilingual. He was a candidate in the 2002 civic election.

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?

No, unless the majority of my constituents want this to be done.

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?