City clamps down on credit cards for councillors

The city is strengthening the rules around the use of credit cards by Winnipeg city councillors.

The changes come after Coun. Jason Schreyer (Elmwood-East Kildonan) had his card suspended for charging 600 personal items worth $57,000 in 2015 and 2016 to his city issued card.

Some of the charges included an X-box, a meal at a Japanese steakhouse and groceries.

The city’s governance committee will vote on clearer rules going forward.

From now on any personal expenses accidentally put on a card must be paid back immediately. The city clerk must also suspend a councillor’s card privileges if they knowingly use it for personal reasons.

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