Dave Burgess (politician) - Mayor of Brandon

Mayor of Brandon

Burgess won a surprisingly easy victory over former provincial cabinet minister James McCrae in the 2002 municipal election to succeed Atkinson as Mayor of Brandon. After the election, Burgess announced that he would support a province-wide smoking ban to remove what he called an "unlevel playing field" between Brandon and the surrounding communities. He also tried to relax Brandon's strict anti-smoking law in early 2003, but was unsuccessful.

In March 2003, Burgess entered into negotiations with Maple Leaf Pork regarding the use of high-membrane technology to cut water pollution from the firm's large Brandon plant. He wrote a public letter in support of a second shift for Maple Leaf's facility in September of the same year, arguing that it would create good jobs and be beneficial to the city.

Burgess opposes the principle of urban reserves, arguing that they create uneven market opportunities for business owners of different racial backgrounds. In 2004, Burgess presided over the arrival of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry to their new station in Brandon.

Burgess has presided over a period of economic growth for the City of Brandon. The 2001 Canadian census showed the city's population as 43,000; Burgess has argued that its population may grow to 50,000 by 2008. In 2005, he called for a more centralized coordination of services between he city and surrounding communities.

Burgess is a less charismatic and more conciliatory politician than Reg Atkinson, his predecessor as mayor. He was re-elected with around 60% support in 2006.

He was defeated by Shari Decter Hirst in the 2010 municipal election.

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