We’ll find out this week just how many city councillors have the stomach for a showdown with Winnipeg Police.
Mayor Brian Bowman has refused to give police extra money for their budget, even as Chief Devon Clunis says that might force them to layoff 40 officers.
Bowman and his Executive Policy Committee will debate the police budget at a special meeting tomorrow.
Police Board Chair Scott Gillingham is siding with the mayor, but admits there’s pressure to find a solution.
“I don’t want to see any police officers positions cut, nor do I want to see any cadets cut as well. Is there a risk? Yes there is, but I’m committed to working to try to find another way.”
One other way would be raising property taxes to cover a shortfall of roughly $2.5-million. Gillingham just hopes they can find some middle ground with the service.
“If we have to go line-by-line again with the service, then let’s go line-by-line again with the service. Continuing to work, right up to the eleventh hour. The budget hasn’t been passed.”
Time is running out, though, which is why the issue will be debated at that special meeting tomorrow.