Winnipeg city councillors give the new mayor a nickname.
New Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman already has a nickname at City Hall.
Two thirds of the way into his first hundred days in office, his colleagues on council have decided he's a legend in his own mind.
Bowman adopted Katz's sleazy tactic of "walking on" a motion to executive policy committee. That's politico-speak for slipping a motion onto the agenda at the last minute and expecting your toadies to ram it through without debate. So what happened? What do you think? Bowman's toadies on EPC rammed the motion through without debate. He "hit the ground running."
And who does Bowman want to scrap with? Why, city auditor Brian Whiteside, the man whose audits almost single-handedly exposed the bid-rigging, the handing of untendered contracts to favorite contractors, the waste of millions of tax dollars in a raft of mismanaged (to use a polite word) projects.
Puffing up his scrawny lawyer's chest, Know Nothing Bowman demanded, yea demanded, that Whiteside produce a written report - in two weeks - telling what's been done to implement the dozens of recommendations contained in three property audits, including the construction of new firehalls disaster and the new police headquarters fiasco.
"Council asked the auditor to report on a quarterly basis, that has not happened in a year," Bowman sniffed to reporters. "So, that has to happen and it has to happen very quickly." Ooohh, what a tough guy.
But it might be that it's Bowman who's cruisin' for a bruisin'.
In his 2013 report to council, Whiteside discussed the audits and the "quarterly report card":
Quarterly Report Card
So, it seems that if there have been no quarterly reports, blame the CAO ( in this case, Deepak Joshi.)
When it comes to tax increases, voters want councillors to think small.