Winnipeg municipal election, 1998

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The 1998 Winnipeg municipal election was held on October 28, 1998 to elect a mayor, councillors and school trustees in the city of Winnipeg.

Centre-left candidate Glen Murray defeated populist right-winger Peter Kaufmann in the mayoral contest.



1998 Winnipeg municipal election, Mayor of Winnipegedit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
Glen Murray 112,078 50.55
Peter Kaufmann 101,509 45.78
Carlos Rule 1,894 0.85
Manny Does 1,886 0.85
Wally Welechenko 1,732 0.78
Nelson Morrison 1,425 0.64
Alex Reid 1,200 0.54
Total valid votes 221,724 100.00


1998 Winnipeg municipal election, Councillor, Elmwood Wardedit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Lillian Thomas 5,725 54.34
Ray Brunka 3,907 37.08
Ed Pilbeam 904 8.58
Total valid votes 10,536 100.00
  • Ed Pilbeam is a welder, and was president of the Chalmers Community Club in the 1990s.[1] Pilbeam was 39 years old during the 1998 election, and made tax relief and crime his primary issues.[2]

1998 Winnipeg municipal election, City Councillor, St. Boniface Wardedit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Dan Vandal 11,789 63.98
Gerry Duguay 4,825 26.19
George Provost 1,811 9.83
Total valid votes 18,425 100.00
  • Gerald Duguay was 59 years old in 1998, and owned Duguay Pool Services. He first sought election to Winnipeg City Council in 1980 as a candidate of the centre-right Independent Citizens' Election Committee, and finished second against Evelyne Reese in the Langevin ward. In 1998, he argued that property taxes were the primary issue in his ward.[3] After losing the election, he said he felt sorry for St. Boniface residents.[4]

1998 Winnipeg municipal election, Councillor, Transcona Wardedit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Shirley Timm-Rudolph 12,223 82.49
Theresa Ducharme 2,594 17.51
Total valid votes 14,817 100.00

School trustees[edit]

1998 Winnipeg election, St. James-Assiniboia School Board, Silver Heights-Booth Ward (three members elected)
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
(x)Ron Marshall 4,193 22.71
(x)Sandra Paterson-Greene 3,678 19.92
Dennis Wishanski 3,476 18.82
Robert Wilson 2,857 15.47
Craig McGregor 2,365 12.81
Stephen Schultz 1,897 10.27
Total valid votes 18,466 100.00

Electors could vote for three candidates. Percentages are determined in relation to the total number of votes.

  • Ron Marshall was a St. James-Assiniboia School Trustee from 1992 to 2006, and chaired the board's finance committee for a time.[5] In 1993, he criticized as inaccurate a University of Manitoba report that suggested Winnipeg residents did not trust the city's public school system.[6] Two years later, he opposed his board's decision to close Jameswood School, saying that its low teacher-student ratio made it the envy of other schools in the city.[7] In 2001, he supported a new theatre project for Sturgeon Creek Collegiate.[8] He retired in 2006.[9] Marshall supported the "consensus approach" of the St. James-Assiniboia board, and said that trustees should avoid partisan politics.[10]
  • Sandra Paterson-Greene first campaigned for a seat on the St. James-Assiniboia School Board in 1986 under the name Sandra Paterson, and was narrowly defeated for the final position. She was elected in 1995, and re-elected in 1998, 2002 and 2006. Paterson-Greene has served as chair of the Assiniboia-St. James board's education and divisional multipurpose committees.[11] In 2001-02, she spearheaded an effort to build a new theatre at Sturgeon Creek Collegiate.[12] The board rejected the proposal in September 2002, by a vote of 6-3.[13] In early 2003, she called on the federal government to toughen its laws against marijuana.[14]
1998 Winnipeg election, Transcona-Springfield School Division, Ward One (three members elected)
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
(x)Colleen Carswell 3,771 25.06
(x)Mary Andree 3,153 20.95
David George 2,646 17.58
Gerald Basarab 2,105 13.99
Gary Komadowski 1,983 13.18
Greg Andrushko 1,390 9.24
Total valid votes 15,048 100.00

Electors could vote for three candidates. Percentages are determined in relation to the total number of votes.

  • David George was first elected in 1998, and opposed the contracting out of bus services in 2000.[15] He did not seek re-election in 2002.
1998 Winnipeg election, Transcona-Springfield School Division, Ward One (three members elected)
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
Jamie Boychuk 2,229 16.70
(x)Laurie Goodman 2,163 16.21
(x)Marilyn Lamoureux 2,018 15.12
(x)George Marshall 1,994 14.94
Bill Lyons 1,780 13.34
Jim Way 1,268 9.50
Tom Halas 1,227 9.19
Eric Stearns 666 4.99
Total valid votes 13,345 100.00

Electors could vote for three candidates. Percentages are determined in relation to the total number of votes.

  • Bill Lyons is a retired city clerk in Winnipeg. He was the city's planning committee clerk for many years, and became the chair of its board of adjustment in 1992. By 2000, he was executive director of the Transcona Business Improvement Zone.[16] He was also a perennial candidate for public office, running for the Transcona ward on city council in 1989 and 1995, and for the Transcona-Springfield School Board in 1986 and 1998. He was defeated each time. Lyons called for a solution to Transcona's flooding problems in 1995, and supported the principle of having fewer managers and more front-line workers at city hall.[17]


  1. ^ Mike Maunder, "Work of few dedicated volunteers saves programs", Winnipeg Free Press, 13 September 1995, 3.
  2. ^ Glen MacKenzie, "Crime an issue in hot battle in Elmwood", Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 1998, A5.
  3. ^ Glen MacKenzie, "St. Boniface race centres on property taxes, bridges", Winnipeg Free Press, 17 October 1998, A10.
  4. ^ "Few new faces at city hall", Winnipeg Free Press, 29 October 1998, A10.
  5. ^ Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the St. James-Assiniboia School Division Board, 13 December 2005, accessed 21 December 2006.
  6. ^ Carreen Maloney, "Winnipeggers give schools low grades", Winnipeg Free Press, 8 July 1993.
  7. ^ Aldo Santin, "Don't close our school", Winnipeg Free Press, 19 June 1995, B2.
  8. ^ Nick Martin, "District urged not to force vote on school theatre", Winnipeg Free Press, 15 November 2001, A12.
  9. ^ "Hanuschak among trustees who won't run again", Winnipeg Free Press, 12 September 2006, web edition.
  10. ^ Nick Martin, "Seeking consensus key role of trustees", Winnipeg Free Press, 2 October 2006, A12.
  11. ^ Nick Martin, "School division hopes course for pilots flies", Winnipeg Free Press, 12 March 2001, A1.
  12. ^ Nick Martin, "Theatre complex proposed as a 'reward'", Winnipeg Free Press, 23 June 2001, A7.
  13. ^ Nick Martin, "Sturgeon Creek Collegiate won't get $5.5M-theatre", Winnipeg Free Press, 26 September 2002, A6.
  14. ^ "Strong pot stand urged", Winnipeg Free Press, 18 February 2003, B1.
  15. ^ Nick Martin, "Angry, frustrated crowd demands bus strike end", Winnipeg Free Press, 6 December 2000, A2.
  16. ^ Alexandra Paul, "Health centre relocation plans stir", Winnipeg Free Press, 13 November 2000, A4.
  17. ^ "Mayoral candidate loses issue, quits", Winnipeg Free Press, 22 August 1995, A11.