March 31, 2017

Mayor Nenshi’s approval in free fall: Calgary City Hall ripe for change of management

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

A new Mainstreet poll shows that Calgary Mayor Nenshi’s approval ratings have dropped by ten percent in just a few months. 

In January, he had a pretty low disapproval rating at 31% and today he’s sitting at 41% according to research conducted on 831 Calgarians on March 10.

For a mayor that once enjoyed an approval of over 80%, that’s a big deal.

The time is ripe for a heavy hitter, or even someone with charisma that appeals to the public, to enter the mayoral race. After all, Nenshi himself was a virtual unknown and surprised everyone by winning the election with savvy use of social media to promote his campaign.

Watch my video to see who I think could beat Mayor Nenshi in the civic election this coming October! So far, nobody with that kind of charisma or name recognition has entered the race to take Nenshi on, which means he’ll likely win unless somebody does.

We have former Alderman Andre Chabot sitting at 9%, entrepreneur Shawn Baldwin with 6%, former alderman candidate David Lapp at 4% and some lady from the Communist League that supports the Cuban socialist revolution at 3%. Urban agriculture crusader and food activist Paul Hughes has also recently entered.

While I don’t disagree with everything Nenshi says, under his leadership we’ve seen taxes increase and a lot of wasteful spending. On social media, he talks down to citizens and we have a City Council that’s making bad decisions and spending our tax dollars on fancy renovations and unnecessary projects, new vehicles, art projects while unemployment rates continue to rise.

It’s time for a change in management at Calgary City Hall, yet, nobody is stepping up at what appears to be the perfect time.

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commented 2017-04-04 15:20:01 -0400
Any of them would do great. Nenshi is done.
We need Michelle Rempel in federal politics.
commented 2017-04-02 12:21:55 -0400
Canadian cities have to dump the Three Stooges, Gregor Robertson, John Tory and Nenshi.
Michelle Rempel would clean up the wasted spending.
commented 2017-04-02 07:25:33 -0400
Cow Town deserves a steer.
commented 2017-04-02 04:08:29 -0400
Danielle Smith is unelectable. She is better off as a talk radio host.
commented 2017-04-02 02:05:21 -0400
Sally…we would not be in favour of danielle smith as mayor…she could have been premier right now…but she bolted to the pc’s for power…she’s just another amoral opportunistic cino…conservative in name only…
commented 2017-04-01 21:31:50 -0400
Holly is right on the money here. As soon as she spoke of other candidates entering the race, my mind immediately went to Dave Rutherford. I was a big fan of his radio show, and even remember watching it on TV back in the late 90’s. I was wishing Dave would join The Rebel with his own program since The Rebel’s inception, but had to settle for the odd interview here and there. I think he’s a no nonsense, get the job done kind of guy who would do a lot of good for Calgary, and I’d rather see him in a role that would make a difference, not just for me and my personal affection for his politics and commentary, but all Calgarians. I hope Dave jumps in the race, and blows Nenshi out of the proverbial water. Great piece Holly, keep it up!
commented 2017-04-01 15:22:08 -0400
Deborah, I agree, Michelle Rempell would be my first choice to replace Nenshi as well. I also would be OK with Danielle Smith. Nenshi is getting way too arrogant. His behaviour in the back of that cab making comments about Uber etc was also bad form for a man representing our city. Nenshis’ time is up.Calgary needs some fresh blood.
commented 2017-04-01 13:20:10 -0400
Nenshi’s at 56% approval, in this poll. I doubt he’s worried.

His approval is “plummeting” relative to January, but that’s because January may have been an outlier. He spent most of 2016 in the 55% range … (he was at 57% in November) "surged’ to 65 in January, then back to 56% now. The “Disapproval” changes appear to be mostly slosh between apathetic and disapprove, but at 56% approval, doubt he’s worried.

Deborah Graupner commented 6 hours ago
I never voted for Nenshi in either election. The problem lies in our sleeping electorate, who never got off the couch to take 15-minutes to go and vote. I

Turnout in Calgary’s municipal elections has been pretty average, actually. He rode the same phenomenon that Trudeau did. In the last few years the Millennial vote has begun outweighing the Boomers, and that changes the political landscape significantly … the rather stodgy Conservative offerings haven’t figured out how to resonate with the under-40 crowd nearly the same way as the left-leaning populists have, and that demographic’s huge in a city as demographically young as Calgary is.
commented 2017-04-01 12:20:40 -0400
So have you got any ideas of who could and would run for Conservative Leader with Charisma and the ability to plow PM Justin Trudeau and the Liberals’ into retirement?
commented 2017-04-01 10:55:56 -0400
Art Vandelay said, "Don’t forget, Ralph basically sacrificed 20 years to turn Alberta and Calgary around. And it got pissed away in a heart beat. "

Yea, that still annoys the hell out of me. All the pain in cut backs we endured and then Ed Stelmach started the money ball rolling down hill. Alison Redford stepped in and bathed in Alberta tax payer’s money, then Prentice.

I miss Ralph. He was an excellent mayor and premier.

Like Allan Peterson said below, “Ralph was right about those eastern creeps and bums moving in and bringing their left wing ways with them.”
commented 2017-04-01 07:30:36 -0400
I never voted for Nenshi in either election. The problem lies in our sleeping electorate, who never got off the couch to take 15-minutes to go and vote. I think there will be a larger turn out this year, because people are ticked at this loud mouthed bully, who thinks nothing of wasting money on things we don’t need, on the backs of those who are stuggling to make ends meet, due to Notley and Trudeau’s attack on capitalism. His epic psychotic tantrums should land him in a mental institute. He hates the people, and now he wants to turn Calgary into a sancutuary slum for the globalists. He’s pathetic!
commented 2017-04-01 05:55:13 -0400
I never thought I would see the day when Calgary and Alberta would elect the losers they have. I guess Ralph was right about those eastern creeps and bums moving in and bringing their left wing ways with them.

City councils screw ups can be directly blamed on those who voted for them with eyes wide shut. Just like they did with our self absorbed Prime Minister. Yeah, he’s an idiot but somebody voted for him. If you don’t like them take a good long look in the mirror.
commented 2017-04-01 04:08:40 -0400
Holly for mayor!
commented 2017-04-01 03:20:50 -0400
Don’t forget, Ralph basically sacrificed 20 years to turn Alberta and Calgary around. And it got pissed away in a heart beat. However, just like Churchill and Thatcher were rolling in their graves after the last mayoral election in London, all was not lost thanks to Brexit…chin up wild rose country.
commented 2017-03-31 22:35:58 -0400
Heh heh Greg Lund – you lack the primary requisite for PM – you have a too solid record of unbroken employment and you never were a snow board coach or a marginally employed substitute drama teacher.
commented 2017-03-31 21:43:08 -0400
Maybe I should enter the race. Let me see , white male, conservative, married, pro business, pro family, pro oil, not from Calgary, not a lawyer. OOp’s I should run for PM my resume is standard to the ONE there now
commented 2017-03-31 21:37:46 -0400
Yeah well, he ain’t Ralph, not even close – and he certainly hasn’t brought the business in Al Doer did. I thought he would have been turfed after the first round of mil rate hikes after his profligate spending, but I guess Calgarians aren’t as sharp as they used to be – one of the reasons I got out of Calgary and never looked back.
commented 2017-03-31 21:36:35 -0400
People are getting tired of him and his ilk.
commented 2017-03-31 18:48:33 -0400
I haven’t been a Calgarian for over forty years, but will make comment about Rutherford entering the mayoral race. I seem to remember another well known media personality entering the race 37 years ago and beat the odds…Ralph Klein I think his name was.
commented 2017-03-31 18:25:23 -0400
Time to skid this tax and spend lefty son of a bitch and also most of council.
commented 2017-03-31 18:04:28 -0400
I wish Michelle Rempel would run against Nenshi! She is an actual economist and I think she’s fighting a losing battle in parliament. I would love to see the look on Nenshi’s face, if she threw her hat into the ring. Her name is well known in Calgary.
commented 2017-03-31 17:39:21 -0400
Perhaps the next mayor of Calgary would be the fall guy for years of bad management and have his name associated with the ruination that Calgary will become.
commented 2017-03-31 17:09:49 -0400
I have not been keeping up on the politics of my home town but any outcome that gets rid of Nenshi is a positive outcome. Can we rez Klein?