WINNIPEG – The day after growth fees were voted on by city council, Mayor Brian Bowman has dropped the two councillors from executive policy committee (EPC) who voted against his plan.
Councillors Jeff Browaty and Janice Lukes were not in favour of growth fees and now, they’re no longer part of the mayor’s inner circle.
Scott Gilingham and Cindy Gilroy will take their place on EPC.
Mayor Bowman suggests people shouldn’t draw conclusions from how people voted yesterday.
“Over the last two years, we’ve had members of EPC vote in a manner inconsistent with my voting track record and they’ve remained,” says Bowman. “We’ve also… made the decision of welcoming Councillor Scott Gillingham to EPC and on that specific vote, he voted against.”
The mayor adds this wasn’t a snap decision and he didn’t take it lightly either.
“I’ve been thinking about this for some time,” says Bowman. “I’ve been having meetings recently with members of council, some as recent as today. They’re not easy decisions.”
Browaty is now head of the Winnipeg Police Board as Gillingham becomes the city’s finance chair and Marty Morantz moves from finance to public works.
Meanwhile, Janice Lukes tells 680 CJOB, she’s looking at the situation, as an opportunity.
“I’m an active, engaged councilor. I’m involved in a lot of things in my ward, and across the city. I see this an an opportunity to focus on other things.”
Despite not being on EPC, Jenny Gerbasi is the new deputy mayor.
This leaves Janice Lukes without any new appointments although Bowman says he did offer her a position but she turned it down.