WINNIPEG – Former Mayor Sam Katz was back at city hall on Wednesday.
A ceremony was held to reveal a portrait of Katz who was mayor for ten years from 2004 till 2014.
Paintings of all the city’s ex-mayors line the walls in the city council chambers.
Katz’s time in the mayor’s chair ended in controversy with real estate audits and an RCMP investigation into the construction of the new police headquarters downtown.
Katz was greeted by several former councillors and delivered a speech lasting about 10 minutes.
He ended by joking that it was nice to be out of the spotlight these days.
“I can show up a little bit late, I can go home early, I can actually take off for a weekend and no one really cares what I’m doing now. It’s just wonderful. It’s absolutely fantastic.”
Katz’ weekend trips to his second home in Arizona were a subject of constant scrutiny during his time in the mayor’s chair.
When asked about the RCMP investigation, Katz said he didn’t really have concerns about what might come out.
“No, I think it would be nice when they finally bring closure to it and finish doing what they’re doing,” he said. “I don’t follow things as closely as I used to but I’m sure they’ll have closure at some point in time in the near future.”