9. Calling for a Civic Governance Review
This issue might be the most ‘dull of dull’ to some, but truth be known, it has absolutely THE most impact on how we operate our City and spend YOUR taxpayer dollars.
I am supporting a call for a Civic Governance Review to look at and REFINE how the Mayor and City Councillors make decisions. Virtually, every large corporation reviews its governance model every 5-10 years, if not annually. Winnipeg City Council has not initiated a review for almost 20 years! Hard to believe, but no Mayor has wanted to look at emerging best practices and improve how we make decisions within our governance model for nearly two decades! I have absolutely no doubt this is the foundation for why such poor decisions have been made in the past and will continue to be made in future. And virtually all decisions involve tax payer dollars! Again, this is not the most engaging topic, but it is at the core of how YOUR City Hall conducts business. I want a review to be initiated before the next City election in 2018, so real change can occur sooner vs later.
The Mayor and his Executive Policy Committee have postponed the call to do a Governance Review this year, and have not allocated funding. The Mayor asked that funding be considered in the 2018 budget process, but that is no guarantee or reflection on strong leadership looking to improve on how we conduct ourselves, make decisions and do business at City Hall.
If you’ve made it this far in my newsletter, BRAVO and I encourage you keep reading and review Civic Governance Review. Please look closely at the final graphic depicting how delaying a governance review can impact the timeline for real change in this Mayor and Council’s term. I will be working on this file and shedding more light on the significance of completing a review until an actual review occurs.
In my opinion, it is astounding, in light of decisions made in the past and the ‘cry for positive change’, that leadership does not want a timely review on the core of how we operate at City Hall. I do!
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