Inner-City Activist Leslie Spillett Removed From Winnipeg Police Board

Leslie Spillett (pictured) and retired school principal Angeline Ramkisoon have been dropped from the Winnipeg Police Board and replaced by former Conservative candidate Allie Szarkiewicz and businessman Larry Licharson. (CBC)

Leslie Spillett (pictured) and retired school principal Angeline Ramkisoon have been dropped from the Winnipeg Police Board and replaced by former Conservative candidate Allie Szarkiewicz and businessman Larry Licharson. (CBC)

Pallister government makes changes, appoints former Conservative candidate

By Bartley Kives, CBC News Posted: Jul 13, 2016

The Pallister government has revoked the membership of two appointees to Winnipeg’s police board.

In an order in council dated July 6, the province removed inner-city activist Leslie Spillett and retired school principal Angeline Ramkissoon from the board.

They’ve been replaced by former Conservative candidate Allie Szarkiewicz and businessman Larry Licharson.

Szarkiewicz ran federally in Winnipeg Centre in 2015 and provincially in Logan this year.

St. James-Brooklands Coun. Scott Gillingham, who chairs the police board, said he learned of the changes Tuesday night. He said he surmised a change would be in the works after the Progressive Conservatives won the provincial election in April.

NDP MLA Wab Kinew expressed his disappointment on Twitter.

“Removing Leslie Spillett, with a huge amount of respect in Indigenous community, is a step backwards in relationship,” Kinew tweeted.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/police-board-spillett-1.3677040 

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