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Bike Winnipeg calling for Russ Wyatt to be removed from city committee following ‘offensive’ comments

A local organization is calling on a Winnipeg councillor to be removed from the public works committee following comments made at a meeting on Tuesday.

In a news release Wednesday, Bike Winnipeg said its executive director Mark Cohoe submitted a presentation on the intersection of Osborne Street and River Avenue.

During the meeting, Bike Winnipeg said Transcona Coun. Russ Wyatt was commenting on the report and “characterized Cohoe and other delegations as ‘Bike Nazis.'”

“Use of the term ‘Nazi’ is not only offensive, it is also harmful to generations affected by Nazi Germany’s murder of six million Jews in the 1930s and 1940s,” Bike Winnipeg said in a release.

“The fact an elected official would use such language in a public meeting without immediate censure should be of concern to every Winnipeg citizen.”

Bike Winnipeg is now calling for Wyatt to be removed from the public works committee for violation of the Code of Conduct for councillors.

Mayor Scott Gillingham was asked about the incident Wednesday, saying Wyatt’s comments were unacceptable.

“I would encourage the councillor to retract his comments and to address Bike Winnipeg,” said Gillingham.

CTV News Winnipeg is scheduled to speak with Wyatt Wednesday afternoon, and more information will be provided.

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