Former Liberal MP Lloyd Axworthy says he’ll vote for Winnipeg mayoral candidate Scott Gillingham

Former Liberal cabinet minister Lloyd Axworthy says he will vote for Scott Gillingham in Winnipeg’s mayoral race.

Axworthy, who served as the Liberal MP for Winnipeg South Centre from 1979 to 2000 and served in four cabinet roles under three prime ministers, wrote Gillingham a support letter on Oct. 14, Gillingham’s campaign announced Monday.

In the letter, Axworthy praised Gillingham’s “comprehensive strategy.”

Gillingham, a city councillor, lists five other endorsements on his website, including Markus Chambers, Janice Lukes and Jeff Browaty, all fellow councillors.

Candidate Glen Murray lists 32 endorsements on his website, including campaign volunteers Ida Albo, Jerry Cianflone and Tom De Nardi, former broadcaster Charles Adler, philanthropist Gail Asper and Winnipeg Labour Council president Melissa Dvorak.

On Oct. 11, Glen Murray’s campaign circulated a letter of support authored by Annitta Stenning, who served as Winnipeg’s first chief administrative officer when Murray was Winnipeg’s mayor, and Paul Moist, the former leader of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Mayoral candidate Shaun Loney lists 17 endorsements, including former NDP MP and MLA Judy Wasylycia-Leis, former Manitoba PC cabinet minister David Newman and former Forks CEO Paul Jordan.

Mayoral candidate Kevin Klein lists nine endorsements, including former Peak of the Market CEO Larry McIntosh and police officer Rob Carver.

Candidates Robert-Falcon Ouellette and Jenny Motkaluk do not list endorsements on their websites.

Idris Adelakun, Rana Bokhari, Chris Clacio, Rick Shone and Don Woodstock are also running for mayor.

Oullette commits to celebrating Winnipeg 150

Meanwhile, mayoral candidate Oullette made a promise on Monday to create a committee of community representatives to plan a celebration for the 150th anniversary of the founding of Winnipeg at “the earliest possible opportunity.”

Winnipeg was incorporated as a city in 1873 with a population of 1,869 people.

“We have an opportunity to come together to acknowledge, share and celebrate the rich history of Winnipeg,” Ouellette said in a news release on Monday.

Some of the celebrations could include inviting former Winnipeggers back for a coming home ceremony and asking local arts and culture groups to give Winnipeg 150-themed presentations.

He added that another element of the celebration could be granting local military regiments and battalions the traditional freedom of the city ceremony, which allows them to march into the city while beating drums and in regalia.

Advance voting takes place until Oct. 21. The election is on Oct. 26.

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