Calgary’s Mayor Nenshi is one of those politicians that people in the city like, which is why he wins elections. He hasn’t ever had to face any real competition and his big smile and political snark seem to have won Calgarians over in previous years, but his approval ratings are way down.
When he was first elected into office, he enjoyed a whopping 90% at times, but now they’re holding steady at 57% since June of 2015, his lowest rates ever according to a Mainstreet/Postmedia poll completed in November of 2016.
According to the same poll, a total of 17% of citizens are concerned about taxation and another 15% are concerned about city spending. Those were the top two issues people were worried about, so it comes as no surprise that more and more are becoming dissatisfied with the city’s mayor.
A big personality just doesn’t cut it when people are truly struggling to balance bills and there are no jobs in sight.
No real contender has stepped up to the plate in previous elections because it was thought that Nenshi could ever be beat, but this is the perfect opportunity for a serious challenger to step up.
Although 57% approval is still decent, now is the time that minds can be changed by someone that is truly fiscally responsible - someone who has their hand out to give the city a hand up in hard times, rather than having a hand out for your money at every turn.