Now is the time for Mayor Bowman to meet his Transit promise

By Fred Morris

would you move quickly to reroute one of the existing regular Portage Avenue Transits Routes to service the Bell MTS Ice Plex, Red River Exhibi- tion Park, the Birchwood Automotive Group, and the Assiniboia Downs Race Track?" On October 2, 2018, Team Bow-


man responded, "The answer to your question is Yes, the Mayor will ensure regular Transit service to this area if re- elected. Thanks for your E-mail." Since the question included the word immediate, the Mayor cannot use the need for further study or the comple- tion of new developments as an excuse to delay this promise. I posted this promise on Twitter and received a tremendous response with

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uring the recent city election campaign, the following ques- tion was asked: "If elected

1,544 impressions. The lack of regular transit continues to negatively impact tourism. Many events in the complex attract tourists from around the world. Red River Exhibition Park is a flex- ible facility that hosts both indoor and outdoor events. In early 2019, they are hosting the Manitoba Outdoor Show, the Red River Valley Swap Meet, and the Winnipeg Golf Expo. The eight-year-old Ice

Plex is a

Hockey Canada Center of Excellence. The Winnipeg Jets Challenge Cup, the Mike Keane Celebrity Classic, the Stur- geon Heights Husky Classic, and Bal- moral Hall League Tournaments are some of the tournaments regularly held at the Ice Plex. Between April 6 and 8, 2019, the 14th Annual All Girls Spring Classic will be held at the Ice Plex. This spring, the Ice Plex could be an important part of a celebration that brings Canadians together. The Winni- peg Jets may be playing in the Stanley Cup Final and hoping to win Winni- peg's first professional hockey champi-

Transit service to many local attractions is still nonexistent.

onship in 40 years, and Canada's first Stanley Cup in a quarter of a century. Hockey people from around the world may be going to the Ice Plex to watch both the final teams practise. The pos- sible celebration would be in stark con- trast to the spring of 1919, when the

General Strike gained national atten- tion by illustrating our disagreements. Let us not let the lack of regular tran- sit service even slightly spoil the party. Fred Morris describes himself as a politi- cal activist and sometime political candi- date.

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