Winnipeg election: Klein promises infrastructure plans, Ouellet sees rail relocation, Motkaluk targets derelict homes Pipa News

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Winnipeg election: Klein promises infrastructure plans, Ouellet sees rail relocation, Motkaluk targets derelict homes

Three mayoral candidates hit the campaign trail on Wednesday, promising infrastructure, rail relocation and a plan to tackle abandoned housing.

Jenny Motkaluk

Jenny Motkaluk was among the mayoral candidates who promised action to confiscate the derelict housing if elected.

‚ÄúVacant abandoned houses are a curse to the city, they are costing us a fortune and putting our first responders in dangerous situations. They are a magnet for gangs and crime and a nightmare for neighbors,” Motkaluk said in a news release.

He said there is a need to restore these abandoned properties to address homelessness and affordable housing. Motkaluk said that as mayor she would enforce a city bylaw to confiscate abandoned homes and put them into the hands of those who would fix them and pay them affordable rent.

kevin klein

Mayor hopeful Kevin Klein promised to spend $2 million, if elected, on building a strategic infrastructure plan for Winnipeg. He said it would be created by experts in the field, and published for the public to track the results.

“We’ve seen road refurbishments being completed only to begin water and sewer upgrades a few years later or even a year later,” Klein said Wednesday. “I intend to stop this practice of unnecessary cost and poor planning in the City of Winnipeg.”

Klein said he would also like to see city usage performance metrics reporting to address future road renewals, with other municipalities in North America using the metric to plan for infrastructure.

Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellet announced a campaign regarding a rail transfer feasibility study on September 21, 2022. (Image source: Scott Andersen/CTV News Winnipeg)

ROBERT-FALCON OUELLETTE

Meanwhile, mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellet promised to complete a rail transfer feasibility study if elected.

He said the study would look at the cost of moving most of the heavy rail traffic to new modern yards and converting existing rail lines into rapid transit lines for commuter rail networks across the city.

“This estimate will include the social, economic and environmental benefits of not building major infrastructure projects to work around existing railroads,” he said.

Ouellet pegged the study at $1 million, but said he would look to the Fed to help cover the costs.

As of Wednesday, the final list of candidates to become the next mayor of Winnipeg includes Glenn Murray, Chris Clasio, Kevin Klein, Scott Gillingham, Rana Bokhari, Jenny Motkluk, Idris Adelkun, Rick Schon, Sean Looney, Don Woodstock and Robert S. -Falcon Ouellet.

Election day is 26 October.

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