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Ep. 7: Unveiling Policy #7 - Empowering Local Municipal Government and Meaningful Public Inclusion

Hello, Manitobans! Welcome back to another exciting installment of our Manitoba Stronger Together Policy series. It's time to dive into Episode Seven, where we're unveiling Policy Statement #7: Empowering Local Municipal Government and Meaningful Public Inclusion.


In this episode, we're putting the spotlight on the importance of strong local governance and active public participation in shaping our communities. Our Policy Statement #7 outlines our commitment to empowering local municipal governments, ensuring they have the tools and authority needed to make decisions that truly reflect the needs and desires of their constituents.


At Manitoba Stronger Together, we believe that true democracy starts at the local level. That's why we're advocating for meaningful public inclusion in decision-making processes. We want to see communities that are not only well-governed but also enriched by the active involvement of their residents.


Join us in Episode Seven as we explore the details of Policy Statement #7 - Empowering Local Municipal Government and Meaningful Public Inclusion. This policy reflects our dedication to fostering vibrant, citizen-led communities where local voices are heard and respected.


Tune in, engage, and share your thoughts as we continue our journey through our Policy Statements, all aimed at building a stronger Manitoba with engaged citizens and empowered local governments. Stay tuned for more episodes that highlight the policies that will shape our province's future.



 

Forging Our Path to a Stronger Manitoba Manitoba Stronger Together's Policy Platform for the 2023 Provincial Election


 

7. Empowering Local Municipal Government and Meaningful Public Inclusion At Manitoba Stronger Together we believe in empowering local municipal governments and ensuring meaningful public inclusion in the governance process.

Our policy advocates for banning initiatives like the 15- minute or smart city concept and instead focuses on providing training and education for municipally elected representatives to enhance their capabilities.


We will establish an Ombudsman Office to address citizen complaints and ensure transparency. Through hands-on town hall meetings, civic courses, and a manual for public participation, we aim to create an informed and engaged public thereby contributing to the betterment of their communities.

Policy Objectives:

  1. Banning 15-Minute or Smart City Initiatives: We will ban initiatives like the 15-minute or smart city concept. We will ensure that municipal governance remains focused on the needs and interests of local communities and not influenced by external agendas.

  2. Training for Elected Representatives: Municipally elected representatives will receive mandatory training in emergency response measures and human rights legislation in Manitoba. This will equip them with the knowledge and skills to address critical issues and uphold the rights of their constituents, and prepare them with the confidence to face unexpected crises.

  3. Establishing an Ombudsman Office: Our policy includes establishing an ombudsman office to receive and investigate complaints from citizens who feel wronged by municipal actions. This office will ensure transparency, accountability, and fairness in governance.

  4. Promotion of Hands-On Town Hall Meetings: We will mandate regular quarterly town hall meetings, where citizens can actively participate, voice their concerns, and engage in meaningful discussions with their elected representatives. This practice fosters a closer connection between officials and the public.

  5. Offering Civic Education Courses: We will make civic education courses available to the public once a year. These will be administered by municipal governments and will empower citizens with a deeper understanding of governance processes and their role in shaping their communities.

  6. Manual for Public Participation: Within 12 months of the legislators first sitting we will prepare and offer a manual of rules and requirements for public participation. This resource will guide citizens on how to effectively engage with municipal governance and ensure that their voices are heard.

  7. Independent Citizen-Led Council on Land Development: Our policy includes a comprehensive review of land development practices by an independent citizen-led council. This review will assess effectiveness, responsibility, and community impact to ensure responsible and inclusive development practices.

Conclusion:

Manitoba Stronger Together's policy on empowering local municipal government and meaningful public inclusion places citizens at the heart of governance.


By banning external agendas, providing training for elected representatives, establishing an Ombudsman Office, and promoting civic education, we empower citizens to actively participate in the decision-making processes.


By establishing regular town hall meetings, a manual for public participation, and a citizen-led council on land development we will reinforce our commitment to transparency, accountability, and inclusive governance.


Through these initiatives we aim to create stronger, more informed communities where citizens play an active role in shaping their local governance and shaping the future of Manitoba.

 

In the spirit of fostering informed and engaged citizens, we're excited to announce that we'll be serving up our Policy Statements one at a time.


Our goal is simple: we want to provide you, the people of Manitoba, with the detailed information you need to consider these statements thoughtfully. Armed with these insights, you can then approach your elected representatives and candidates and ask them the crucial question:


Do you support these policy statements, and are you willing to stand with the thousands of Manitobans who are part of our growing movement?

As we unveil each section, we encourage you to delve in, reflect, and reach out to your candidates. Ask them where they stand on the issues that matter most to you, your family, and your community. The collective voice of Manitobans is powerful, and by engaging with your representatives, you're shaping the direction of our province.


But we can't do it alone. We need your help to spread the word far and wide. Share this blog post with your candidates, family, friends, and social media groups. Let's ignite the conversation, spark dialogue, and ensure that the voices of Manitobans are heard loud and clear.


So, as we dive into these Policy Statements, remember that you're not just reading about our vision for Manitoba – you're actively contributing to it. Let's hold our representatives accountable, engage in meaningful discussions, and work together for a brighter future. Thank you for being part of Manitoba Stronger Together!


 

Remember to Join Us for a Live Event, this Week in Gimli and Winnipeg


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