Why is it news? – Policy committee purge

On October 28, 2016, the front page of the Winnipeg Free Press reported Mayor Brian Bowman removing two councillors from the executive policy committee. These councillors were Janice Lukes and Jeff Browaty. Both opposed Bowman’s development fee plan, which will make building more expensive and passed the day before.

Reporter Aldo Santin wrote the article called “Mayor bounces dissidents from cabinet”. Santin provided details on Bowman’s and the councillors’ position on the development fees and how they feel about the change.

First, this article is newsworthy because the change is recent. Also, the development fees have been a topical issue for a while so this is a follow up. The change in committee members is impactful because the members influence a variety of issues important to Winnipeggers. In addition, Bowman’s decision to remove the members tells Winnipeggers how he wants his plans to proceed unopposed.

Overall, this is important for Winnipeggers to know because it determines our policymakers.

Thanks for reading.



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