Things got heated at City Hall on Tuesday once the Winnipeg Police budget was put back into the spotlight.
The tension peaked once Councillor Ross Eadie stepped up to the microphone and addressed the councillors on the Mayor’s Executive Policy Committee to defend an extra increase to the police’s operating budget.
The Police Board is asking for an extra $2.45 million on top of the already promised $16.7 million increase for the service.
Eadie warned Mayor Brian to give police what they want.
“You made promises to indigenous people – if you do this, what you will see is broken promises to indigenous people in this city,” Eadie told Bowman on the council floor.
Eadie ended his rant with a shot at the Councillor Marty Morantz.
“No Question?” he asked “Councillor Morantz? Chicken.”
Eadie is a member of the Police Board and said he took aim at Morantz because he was insulting him all throughout the budget process.
“I should have called all of Executive Police Committee ‘chicken,'” Eadie said afterwards. “They have a number of departments under them that haven’t gone through the scrutiny that we have applied at all other standing committees.”
Eadie called out the Mayor for increasing the budget of corporate services; that includes communication staff and members of Brian Bowman’s staff.
Councillors will vote on the matter on Wednesday.