2018 Matt Allard

St. Boniface Ward

Matt Allard

St. Boniface

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Incumbent since 2014.

A dog-friendly candidate, Matt Allard supports funding for dog parks and is ready to use his allowance funds to invest in new dog parks in my ward beyond the allocated funding. He is open to 'single-use' off-leash areas where they appropriate. . See his comments below.

Platform: Allard believes strongly in increasing urban density and infill to make the city more financially sustainable and he would foster dynamic, thriving neighbourhood main streets. He is a daily user of Winnipeg Transit and a passionate believer, defender, and promoter of transit service. He is committed to moving Winnipeg into the future through innovative and creative public policy and growth.

Allard holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. Prior to serving as city councillor, he was a small business owner and CEO of the Francophone Chamber of Commerce of St. Boniface. He also served as executive assistant to the president of Red River College, and as executive assistant to both Premier Greg Salinger and City Councillor Dan Vandal. Allard ran as an NDP candidate in the 2006 federal election.

Since taking office as councillor, Matt has been energetic in pursuing investment in St. Boniface including road repair, parks, and the Promenade Tache Riverwalk project.

Allard has volunteered with many community groups and initiatives. He served as president of the Old St. Boniface Residents' Association where he led a community consultation on upgrades to Provencher Park. He served as vice-president for a local Habitat for Humanity committee where he helped built a new house for a young family.

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?

At Executive Policy Committee in 2018, I supported a plan to allocate $300K per year for six years to expanding or improving dog parks in Winnipeg. I also am ready to use my City Councillors Ward allowance funds such as LDR and PREP to further invest in new dog parks in my ward beyond the allocated funding.

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?

As a dog owner and as someone who uses off-leash areas, I understand the concerns and position of WINDOG on this issue, and am open to this policy where appropriate. In discussion with the public service and other park users, I believe a fair and safe understanding can be reached between all users of our green space.