St Boniface Candidates: Winnipeg Without Poverty 2018 Questionnaire Responses

St. Boniface

Candidates: Matt Allard, Marcel Boille

  1. Will you be a champion for a Winnipeg Without Poverty and commit to leading the development of a comprehensive poverty reduction plan for Winnipeg with progress indicators that have targets and timelines?

Matt Allard:

No response.

Marcel Boille:

Winnipeg without poverty. Poverty is not just a municipal problem, but is a provincial and federal problem, and there is no way a city can obtain  that status on the back of property tax payers. As elected officials we have to sit down with all levels of government to address the root of the problem. Many people come to the city because they have no future in their own communities. There is no magic wand that we can wave when they arrive here. Locally many people end up in poverty because high taxes make a lot of housing un-affordable. From personal experience, in the last 4 years homeowners have had to pay aprox 1300.00 more in taxes, but my pension has not gone up even one quarter of that.

So yes I would like to work with all governments to solve this problem, but I would not be prepared to have overtaxed property owners foot the bill. One way for city to at least cushion the blow on poverty is to stop spending taxpayers money on useless project that are nice to have but not required, so that we have some money to allocate to this cause. Believe me I know poverty all to well, have lived in it most of my life and raised 3 wonderful children. This city and most cities are cruel to poverty, but the blame belongs more to the provincial and federal government because municipalities have very limited sources of income.

  1. What specific actions will you take to reduce poverty in Winnipeg via the City of Winnipeg?

Matt Allard:

No response.

Marcel Boille:

No response.

  1. How will you work with community groups and people with lived experience of poverty?

Matt Allard:

No response.

Marcel Boille:

No response.

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