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Winnipeg welcomed its first kid mayor into city hall Tuesday and gave him a chance to experience Winnipeg politics first hand. 

Nazar Viznytsya, 12, joined Mayor Brian Bowman on Tuesday for his first (and only) day as Kid Mayor of Winnipeg.

"This is part of ongoing work I've been doing to better engage our youth," Bowman said.

Viznytsya, the winner of the Kid Mayor contest featuring 200 applicants, spend the day following Bowman and performing various mayoral duties. This included sitting in the Executive Policy Committee meeting as co-chair, where he had a chance to share his ideas on making Winnipeg a better place.

"It was interesting to see all the committee members talking about the big issues and what they are going to change or implement," Viznytsya said. "It was really interesting to see how it was done at City Hall."

The kid mayor also got to attend the opening of a new Winnipeg candy store, cutting the ribbon along with Bowman and owner Heather Hillier. He ended his day at the Winnipeg Police Headquarters, where he sat down with Police Chief Danny Smyth behind closed doors.

While Viznytsya spent most of his day experiencing what it meant to be mayor, he did make one decision that could have future implications. When asked what flavour of ice cream he would mandate if there was ever an ice cream shortage in Winnipeg, Viznytsya declared that it would be Rocky Road, traditionally composed of chocolate ice cream, nuts, and marshmallows.

"I just like it, it's my favourite."

Viznytsya says the day's experiences have made him want to consider politics for a future career.

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