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  • Winnipeg Tribune

Time to Hold Mayor Gillingham and Council Accountable for All the Lawsuits

Friday, September 29, 2023 - Our city has found itself embroiled in a series of costly lawsuits that have drained our resources, tarnished our reputation, and left citizens questioning the effectiveness of our local government. And now we find ourselves heading to court again over the renovations of the St. James Civic Centre.

It's high time we hold Mayor Gillingham and City Council accountable for the growing list of legal battles they've led us into. These lawsuits waste taxpayer dollars and erode public trust in the institutions meant to serve us.

Gillingham and the rest of the Council are meant to protect our interests, promote our well-being, and ensure the city runs smoothly. However, the increasing number of lawsuits against our city government raises serious concerns about their ability to fulfill these responsibilities.

One key area of concern is fiscal responsibility. Each lawsuit represents a substantial financial burden on our city. Legal fees, settlements, and court costs have been siphoning off precious funds that could be used for vital services like education, healthcare, infrastructure, and public safety. Every citizen feels the consequences of this financial drain, and it's time for our City Council to be held accountable for their negligence in managing our resources.

Moreover, these lawsuits have had a detrimental impact on our city's reputation. Frequent legal battles make us appear disorganized, inefficient, and untrustworthy to potential investors, businesses, and residents. This damages our ability to attract new opportunities and grow our local economy. Our city deserves leadership that can maintain a positive image and foster an environment conducive to growth and prosperity.

The time and energy spent on lawsuits divert attention away from pressing issues that require thoughtful solutions. Instead of focusing on crucial matters like affordable housing, environmental sustainability, and community development, Mayor Gillingham and the Council are often preoccupied with legal wrangling. It's time they prioritize the interests of the community over their own political agendas.

It's time to hold Mayor Gillingham and our City Council accountable for the ongoing lawsuits. We must take action. First, we should demand transparency. We have the right to know the reasons behind these legal disputes, the costs involved, and how they affect our city's overall well-being. Open and honest communication is the foundation of a healthy democracy.

Second, we should call for an independent review of the decisions and actions that led to these lawsuits. This review should be conducted by experts with no affiliation to the Mayor, City Council members or city staff, ensuring objectivity and fairness. Identifying the root causes of these legal battles and implementing measures to prevent them from happening in the future is essential.

Lastly, we must hold Mayor Gillingham and the City Council members accountable during elections. It's our duty to elect leaders who prioritize the city's interests above all else and who can demonstrate a commitment to responsible governance.

The next provincial government need to hold the City of WInnipeg accountable.


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