No regrets: Councillor says sharing false rumour about mayor quitting brought truth the light
WINNIPEG -- A Winnipeg city councillor says he has no regrets after posting false rumours online, suggesting Mayor Brian Bowman was leaving for a job in Ottawa.
For weeks rumours have been swirling around city hall that Bowman had been offered a post by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Mynarksi Councillor Ross Eadie says he received a tip the rumours were true. Concerned Bowman may be leaving amid the current budget crunch, Eadie says he decided to post the rumour on social media Wednesday morning:
"I didn't really know if it was true but I really felt that I had to send it out," says Eadie.
Following Eadie’s post on Twitter and Facebook, Mayor Brian Bowman called Eadie to tell him the rumours are actually untrue.
“There have been absolutely no discussions with anyone at any level of government regarding any appointments,” said Bowman.
Bowman says he too has heard the false rumours for a while and doesn’t know where they started or who is spreading them.
The mayor is clear: he’s going nowhere.
“Anyone that is suggesting otherwise is lying and should be open and transparent upon the basis of which they're perpetuating those rumours,” said Bowman.
Bowman also says he’s not ruling out a shot at a third term.
File image of Brian Bowman (Chris Young/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
“I'm honoured to serve as mayor and I fully intend on serving the balance of this term and quite possibly putting my name on the ballot the next time around," said Bowman.
Eadie was asked why he didn’t simply call Bowman before putting out the post.
“When I have tried to get a hold of him it takes quite some time before he gets back to me. He is a busy man," said Eadie.
And Eadie says he has no regrets.
“The rumour is dead, so I think I did him a favour actually, he's not happy with me about it,” said Eadie.
Eadie released a second post which says his earlier one was a false alarm.