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Donald Benham

Winnipeg City Councillor for River Heights-Fort Garry
In office
2004 – 2006
Succeeded by Brenda Leipsic

Born 1954
Residence Winnipeg, Manitoba
Occupation journalist

Donald Benham (born 1954 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian journalist, teacher and politician. He graduated in journalism from Carleton University in 1975 and in Canadian studies in 1981.

Donald Benham spent eight years as political reporter, columnist and business editor for the Winnipeg Sun newspaper. He was director of public relations for the University of Winnipeg and served as a press assistant to former prime minister Joe Clark. In the field of broadcasting, he hosted the popular CBW program Questionnaire.

After serving as director of communications to former Mayor Glen Murray, he successfully campaigned to become city councillor for the River Heights-Fort Garry ward in 2004, and continued speaking out on social and civic planning issues. He is also known to generally oppose the privatization of public infrastructure, and to encourage ‘grassroots’ involvement in political processes. He lost his re-election bid in October 2006 to Brenda Leipsic.

He says that he rides his bicycle or takes public transportation rather than drive a car whenever practical for chiefly environmental reasons.

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