Staff and members of the Canadian CED Network – Manitoba (CCEDNet-MB) called on 2014 municipal election candidates to share their position on policies that support our collective vision of fairer and stronger local economies, reduced poverty, and more sustainable communities. This is Paul Quaye's response:
1. Are you in favour of this policy practice? If yes, how will you work to implement a procurement strategy that takes into account the added economic, social and environmental value of purchasing from social enterprises and other businesses that generate community benefit through the inclusion of Community Benefit Clauses in contracts and purchases?
Yes I would be in favour of attempting to implement some element of social enterprise into city contracts where possible. Depending on the service needed, the ability of social enterprise to assist with city needs has been under utilized. This would probably be part of the overhaul of the city tendering model (suggested by the Chamber of Commerce and something I would support) to move from low-cost model to high-benefit model.
2. Are you in favour of Right to Housing’s proposal that the City of Winnipeg support at least 350 new units of affordable rental housing and 350 new units of social housing over three years? If yes, what City supports will you provide so this target can be achieved?
I do believe that social and affordable housing are important and that the city can assist in some way by gathering together personnel or resources to assist in making this happen. Having not been on the inside of city hall as yet it is difficult for me to be specific on what aid could be obtained but if the will is there then obstacles are lessened. It is an important objective to re-engage the people that need assistance and that starts with affordable housing in many cases.
3. Are you in favour of a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy for Winnipeg with targets and timelines? If yes, how will you partner with community-based organizations and other key stakeholders to create and implement one?
Very important to help reducing poverty as that makes us all better as a people, city and an economy. Your document said "integrated" and that is the key I feel...getting all the agencies on the same page so we can reduce overlap services that may be under utilized in some instances, and too much demand to fit supply in others. Getting everyone at the same table is a start and see where it goes from there. The more we can help people get ahead, the less resources will be strained to assist.