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 Brian Bowman'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?
I am certainly open to the idea of procurement policies that bring benefits to the community. I would work with council and city administration to examine the best ways to provide procurement solutions that benefit the community and the City of Winnipeg.
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?
Housing is an incredibly important issue when addressing poverty. Everyone deserves a home. I would look to provide financial incentives for legal rooming houses to make improvements and offer housing options and would support the Right to Housing proposal to find 350 new units of social housing over three years.
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?
I am in favour of a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy. As part of my platform I have voiced my support for the United Way’s Plan to End Homelessness. If given the opportunity to serve as Winnipeg’s next Mayor I would work with the United Way and other community stakeholders to better address poverty issues in our city.