'Complete lack of vision:' Windsor councillor criticizes mayor's list of federal election priorities

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Ward 3 Coun. Rino Bortolin, shown in a file image, said residents should be setting the priorities for the local candidates. (Sanjay Maru/CBC - image credit)
Ward 3 Coun. Rino Bortolin, shown in a file image, said residents should be setting the priorities for the local candidates. (Sanjay Maru/CBC - image credit)

Windsor City Councillor Rino Bortolin is taking issue with the mayor's list of priority issues in the federal election.

"This list does not reflect the needs of our community and shows a complete lack of vision. Sending a list of funding requests is not a vision for our community," he said in a Facebook post.

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens released a list of the city's election priorities, which he dubbed a "Platform 4 Windsor," on Wednesday. He wants candidates in Windsor West and Windsor-Tecumseh ridings to affirm support on the five issues.

The priorities listed are:

  • Health-care funding for the new regional acute care hospital.

  • Creating a national urban park in the west end.

  • Support for flood protection funding.

  • Transitioning the automotive industry to electric vehicle manufacturing.

  • Renovating the Adie Knox Recreation Complex.

Dilkens called it a non-partisan platform designed to gather attention from the public and from the candidates.

"My role is to put forward at least a few issues, in this case five, amongst a universe of a hundred issues that the city of Windsor is facing," he said.

Bortolin, who represents Ward 3, criticized the list for not including key issues such as housing and transit.

"While I support the Ojibway and Adie Knox investments I cannot imagine listing them as priorities higher than mental health funding/supports, dealing with our high rates of child poverty, $10/day daycare, supports for seniors, homelessness, housing and transit," he wrote.

In the news release, Dilkens said each of the five priorities has been "endorsed by Windsor City Council, through unique debates and resolutions that have been previously passed by council."

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