August 08, 2018

Calgary’s 2017 election night fiasco doesn’t bode well for Olympic bid plebiscite (Guest: William MacBeath, Save Calgary)

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show


A new report claims the City of Calgary badly bungled their last municipal election.

The new city auditor report into the October 16, 2017 election night fiasco told a damning tale of bureaucratic ineptitude.

Fifty-seven per cent of regular voting stations were short of councillor ballots and forty-seven per cent required extra school trustee ballots. At some stations, voters waited more than six hours for election workers to deliver a resupply of ballots.

Even worse, high voter turnout was not to blame for the chaos. The 2017 election had only the third highest voter turnout in the past 20 years - less than the 2010 election.

It was a perfect storm of bad planning and worse management.

This is all very concerning as Calgary plans to hold a non-binding citywide plebiscite to decide if taxpayers want to be on the hook for a 2026 Olympic bid.

Is the city going to screw that vote up too? And if and when they do, are they going to do it in secret?

Tonight I ask someone who does the hard and very necessary work of holding city hall to account, those questions, and more.

Joining me tonight to break down the 2017 electoral disaster in Calgary and to update us on the latest on the expensive Olympic bid is William MacBeath of the municipal government accountability watchdog group, Save Calgary.

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commented 2018-08-13 19:36:54 -0400
By the time this huge waste of time, corrupt circus arrives, all the politicians, including Nenshi will be nobodies. Voted out of office and forgotten, another crowd of useless twits will be in charge and the taxpayers will be screwed again.
commented 2018-08-09 23:38:01 -0400
Where have all the Ralph Kliens gone????
commented 2018-08-09 13:18:28 -0400
The Olympics have become a disgusting waste of time. If Calgary gets the Olympics they should pay for the whole thing themselves – no provincial or federal funds. It sounds like Calgary elections stack up with those in any 3rd world dictatorship.
commented 2018-08-09 11:12:06 -0400
Nenshi has been a corrupt disgrace IMO. He will do anything to have his way. Parking has become a nightmare, streets are not properly cleaned for winter driving, yet over 600 city workers will receive 3 pensions at retirement, while many of us will have NONE. The last one being funded exclusively by taxpayers. Vancouver charges less for bus tickets which affirms, to me, that Calgarians are being complacently gouged daily.
commented 2018-08-09 09:18:34 -0400
Nenshi, with the help of the Notley government, intentionally allowed this farce of an election to keep Nenshi in power. My advice is to always vote in the advanced polls, because come election night, they always run out of ballots. Democracy has become infested by those who wish to control us!
commented 2018-08-09 08:30:09 -0400
Can you imagine how prosperous, secure & family friendly our country would be if we had true Conservative governments all the way from municipal to federal? Oh well, a guy can dream!

We all know Nenshi will rig that plebiscite. Morality is not a high priority for Left leaning politicians unless it serves their interest, of course.
commented 2018-08-09 08:25:15 -0400
Won by 1% interesting the shortage of ballots 57% interesting. No electronic voting.
commented 2018-08-09 08:16:35 -0400
Calgary needs a leader.
commented 2018-08-09 00:17:09 -0400
We need an Olympic bid like we need another four years of Trudeau. Just a scam to wine and dine on our tax dollars.
commented 2018-08-09 00:16:09 -0400
The elites are sure trying to ram that through, so they can fleece the taxpayer and little guy for billions.
commented 2018-08-08 22:32:25 -0400
I’m sure the Nenshi regime would like nothing better than to replace that outmoded dinosaur-era paper ballot system with George Soros Signature voting machines.