October 9, 2014 10:14 pm
Updated: October 9, 2014 10:41 pm

Winnipeg mayoral candidates face off in only televised debate

Winnipeg mayoral candidates Gord Steeves, Judy Wasylycia-Leis, Paula Havixbeck, Michel Fillion, David Sanders, Robert-Falcon Ouellette and Brian Bowman participate in the mayoral election forum on Thursday.

Christopher Stanton / Global News

WINNIPEG – Candidates for mayor faced off Thursday night in the only live televised debate of Winnipeg’s 2014 civic election.

All seven mayoral hopefuls attended the forum sponsored by WinnipegRealtors at the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre on Provencher Boulevard, live streamed here on globalnews.ca/winnipeg and broadcast live on ShawTV from 7 to 9 p.m. You can vote for the candidate you feel was strongest in our online poll.

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The debate was an opportunity for front-runner Judy Wasylycia-Leis to solidify her support; for her closest challengers, Brian Bowman and Gord Steeves, to pull ahead; and for the remaining field of candidates — Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Paula Havixbeck, David Sanders and Michel Fillion, whose poll numbers have been in the single digits — to make a greater impression on voters.

LIVE BLOG: Winnipeggers tweet about the mayoral debate. Join the conversation with the hashtag #YourMayor.


The event started with questions from media panelists Bartley Kives of the Winnipeg Free Press, Marcy Markusa of CBC Radio and Colin Fast of Metro. The questions focused on infrastructure, taxes and integrity at city hall.

The candidates also took pre-recorded questions from voters shown on TV monitors, from Twitter and from a viewing party at the Kings Head Pub downtown.

Candidates asked each other questions in the last round.

The election for mayor, city councillors and school board trustees is Oct. 22.

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