Not only did new councillor and professed lawyer Marty Morantz demonstrate
last week his total ignorance of the law governing council, but he doubled down
to say he didn't care what the law was, he was going to bully city employees
around and they had better like it.
If this is an indication of the calibre of appointees to 'Know Nothing'
Brian Bowman's civic government, then Winnipeggers will soon be wishing for a
return of Mayor Sam Katz and what was then known as the most dysfunctional
council in memory.
Bowman, whose knowledge of how city council functions is zero, decided
to start his term in office by attacking the city auditor. Two days later,
Morantz decided he would attack the police department and thereby demonstrate
he's even more clued out over how the city runs than Bowman. What an
Upon presentation of the Winnipeg Police Service Third Quarter
Financial Report, Morantz lobbed questions at Deputy Police Chief Art Stannard
about why the police couldn't find savings in their budget (they call it
"efficiencies") and why the force was bloated by officers who should be
Stannard patiently explained that the rules now required the police to
report to the new Police Board and for city council to ask the Board for
answers. Morantz would have none of that.
HE was MARTY MORANTZ, and HE,
MARTY MORANTZ, was chairman of the finance committee, and no underling would
tell him, MARTY MORANTZ, how to do things; HE, MARTY MORANTZ, was in
charge and HE, MARTY MORANTZ, was DEMANDING--YES, DEMANDING---answers from the
deputy chief, the law be damned.
The other members of the finance committee--veteran councillor and
Deputy Mayor Mike Pagtakhan and, would you believe, new councillor and chairman
of the Police Board Scott Gillingham --- sat like dummies, refusing to challenge
the presumptuous chairman.
There are too many police and too many are useless, railed the imperious
Morantz, doing his best to intimidate and humiliate the deputy chief. See. Look
at me. I'M MARTY MORANTZ, and I'm a tough guy when it comes to city
Morantz was in such a rush to throw his weight around he failed to do even
the most rudimentary research.
He could have read the 347-page Operational
Review of the Police Service that was commissioned by city council and received
in August, 2013, 17 whole months before Morantz's grandstanding
This report is mandatory reading for anybody in civic government dealing
with the police service who doesn't want to sound like a fool. For 'fool'
read 'Marty Morantz'.
That report contained many examples of "efficiencies" open to the
Winnipeg police, as well as suggestions as to where police positions could be
eliminated and/or filled by civilians
. The report by the Matrix Consulting Group
identified more than 75 positions ranging from 18 in the Central Reading Unit,
12 in Human Resources (civilians should be doing that job), and 25 at the
airport (we lost the contract) to 3 constables in the Stolen Auto Unit, one
constable in the Pawn Shop Detail, and the two constables with the Mounted
Moranz could have asked which suggestions were adopted, which weren't,
which could be, which shouldn't. But that is obviously beyond the
capability of a lawyer who writes wills for a living. In which case
Morantz could have had a private discussion with the head of the Police
Board, WHO SITS RIGHT BESIDE HIM ON THE FINANCE COMMITTEE.
Instead, Morantz chose to be an arrogant pissant.
Winnipeg has had enough of this conceit. We had our fill from Phil
Sheegl, who came highly recommended by Mayor Sam Katz as the smartest guy in the
room. We're still cleaning up the rubble left behind by that duo. Was
there a hint in the fact that Marty Morantz was a financial donor to Katz's
What we've seen so far from 'Know Nothing' Brian Bowman and his henchman
I'M MARTY MORANTZ is two lawyers from Charleswood/River Heights who want to jack
up taxes to fund their pet projects while hacking services to the little people
(who do we need so many police anyway? what do they do all day?).
Bowman claims he wants more transparency and accountability in this
council. He's certainly demonstrated the need to be extremely vigilant with him
and his council appointees.
Friday, Bowman backed Marty Morantz's public grilling of Deputy
Police Chief Art Stannard. But by Monday he was squeaking a different
Chief Devon Clunis was out of town on vacation last week when Morantz
implied the police force should be forcing a whack of officers to retire
and that "it looks to me that there are a lot of officers hanging
got back on the weekend and made a beeline for Bowman. By the time
their, ahem, meeting ended, it was clear who the alpha male in the room
was and who was his bitch.
The pair held a joint news conference Monday.
want to re-affirm my support and council’s support for the invaluable
work the members of the Winnipeg Police Service do each and every day,"
mumbled Bowman with a mouthful of crow.
support fully what our deputy chief said and from the comments I’ve
read, I would have taken the same actions." said a stone-faced Clunis.
police department had his full support, said Bowman, adding that it
was clear "to everyone now" that police report to the police board.
'Everyone' meaning Marty Morantz who was summoned to a meeting with Clunis and the mayor before the newser.
he was fitted with a muzzle and told to "stay". He did, neither
showing his face at the news conference nor appearing to answer
questions from reporters afterward.
Labels: Brian Bowman, city hall, Devon Clunis, Marty Marantz, police, Winnipeg City Council spending