June 05, 2019

Calgary “slides into disaster” with 400% business tax increases (Guest: William McBeath)

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

Calgary is one of the most important cities in the entire country. The pro-business attitude of Calgary, especially during the Ralph Klein years, fed a boom across the entire province as head offices relocated there to take advantage of tax incentives.

But those days are long gone and Calgary’s liberal Mayor is to blame.

Some businesses in Calgary's Inglewood neighborhood received tax increases of over 400% last week.

The Social School Pub saw their monthly tax bill go from $1,500 a month to a mind-numbing $6,400.

Businesses are going broke at rates not seen in nearly three decades.

One-third of the retail and commercial spaces in downtown Calgary are vacant.

But instead of reining in spending and making hard decisions to ease the burden on taxpayers, the Mayor and his progressive enablers on council have increased public sector salaries and spending on public art while crying to the province that the city needs a bailout to get out of its fiscal mess.

What can be done to rescue Calgary from the jeopardy Mayor Nenshi has put them in?

My guest tonight has a solution: fire them all!

William McBeath from Save Calgary joins me to discuss their new petition which calls on the new municipal affairs minister Kaycee Madu to use the province’s jurisdictional powers to dismiss the dysfunctional council and save Calgary from its own failing leadership.

Alberta cannot get back to business while Calgary slides into a disaster.


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commented 2019-06-11 02:22:24 -0400
Great guy, deserves more airtime.
Tax increases of this magnitude are inflationary for all Calgarians. To stay in business, retail prices will have to increase. Your tax bill makes you poorer, your higher cost of living makes you poorer.
All this as council debates how much of your money to give to the Flames millionaire/billionaire owners.
Seems like Calgarians enjoy being repeatedly screwed
commented 2019-06-10 16:11:27 -0400
time to remove all liberals in this country before they destroy it. and time for arrests of people like them that are willing to kill a country for their own ego. time for a change. maxime seems better every day.
commented 2019-06-10 03:01:02 -0400
Does the provincial government have special powers to intervene ? If so, they should make an example of Nenshi so that other mayors in this province don’t get any stupid ideas like this.
commented 2019-06-07 16:49:35 -0400
“Do these clowns realize business doe snot stay open if they cannot make a profit? The more of them they kill the less they get in taxes. "

Of course they realize it. It is how socialism works and that’s their plan. As the revenue becomes harder and harder to get, and the howls from government-dependents grow louder, the leadership increasingly points its finger at the remaining greedy capitalists who just have to be hiding huge profits.
commented 2019-06-07 03:02:47 -0400
Do these clowns realize business doe snot stay open if they cannot make a profit? The more of them they kill the less they get in taxes.
commented 2019-06-07 00:10:16 -0400
I’m guessing this is “Stout Nenshi’s” revenge for not getting the Olympics and his commemorative statue as part of the same package???
commented 2019-06-06 17:02:26 -0400
There needs to be some serious, multi-level-government tax reform in Canada!
Who came along and said ‘the government’ gets an end on EVERY TRANSACTION?!
Who are these guys – organized crime? Because they are all acting like scoundrels and crooks!
Turf the lot of them…
commented 2019-06-06 14:08:48 -0400
The election was rigged with the assistance of the NDP. There is no way Nenshi won fair and square.
commented 2019-06-06 13:49:33 -0400
“…their new petition which calls on the new municipal affairs minister Kaycee Madu to use the province’s jurisdictional powers to dismiss the dysfunctional council …”

P’tishun: old Blackfoot word meaning “long list of people who won’t take meaningful action”.
commented 2019-06-06 10:59:34 -0400
We should fire not only Calgary’s Councillors but also the Liberals swamp in Ottawa. Bu we may suffer the risk at being called racist or worse being part of a new " Genocide".
commented 2019-06-06 08:56:34 -0400
How many ballots were we short? Never mind nothing to see here.
commented 2019-06-06 08:43:14 -0400
Nenshi is living proof that Neanderthals still exist !
commented 2019-06-06 08:27:44 -0400
This is all the fault of the Calgarians that voted in Nenshi yet again. We can only hope that those same Calgarians are hit in the wallet as hard or worse than those who did not vote for Nenshi.
commented 2019-06-06 06:35:25 -0400
The citizens of Calgary had the option of voting Nenshi out of office. Instead, they re-elected him knowing full well how he operated. When you had the opportunity to put him out of your misery, you should have taken it.
commented 2019-06-06 02:04:33 -0400
I’d wager’ Calgary has a 100+% Increase for Small Business’ Foreclosures & Fires this year’
commented 2019-06-06 02:04:33 -0400
I’d wager’ Calgary has a 100+% Increase for Small Business’ Foreclosures & Fires this year’
commented 2019-06-06 01:15:01 -0400
The People of Calgary have elected Nenshi 3 consecutive times. I have lived in all Western Provinces and as soon as you ask someone about Nenshi, they refer to him as a big spender. I remember seeing expensive Murals on overpass cement supports.

In 2017 he received his 3rd mandate, by then Notley had shown her Alberta Destroying Power, so why would Calgary vote for an out of control spender?
commented 2019-06-06 00:54:07 -0400
As usual, things have to get a lot worse before you can rid yourself of the socialist hoard,
commented 2019-06-06 00:31:21 -0400
So Nenshi carried on where Notley left off?
This is critical. I can’t believe people aren’t storming his office and protesting in the streets to get him out of there.
WHAT are they waiting for?
People will lose their not only their businesses, but their homes.
commented 2019-06-06 00:22:46 -0400
I agree that it’s too bad people aren’t more observant when it comes to the political leaders they elect. We can only hope and pray that the minister for municipal affairs acts on this horrific situation. We also need a sharp lawyer. The county of Thorhild had a petition for its disfunctional councilors but a tiny technicality skuttled the hopes of residents to kick the bums out. In any case, most of the rogues were voted out.
commented 2019-06-06 00:16:37 -0400
Wooooow!!! These left wing commies don’t have even a shred of moral decency or compunction for responsibility eh? Quite incredible how they’re willing to stomp on citizens while living the high life.

I think it’s a great opportunity for someone to do a Charter Challenge. Taxes that high is a form of servitude, contrary to our sec 7 Charter Rights to Life, Liberty, and Security of the Person.
commented 2019-06-05 23:04:43 -0400
And by this path did Detroit become …first a shithole….then a dystopian post apocalypse battle zone (good only for low budget movies of that theme)…then a ghost town…then a looter picked over wasteland….

But not to worry….soon the artists seeking cheap loft space and the hipsters will gentrify it and drive housing prices out of reach of all but the most privilaged of trust fund brats.
commented 2019-06-05 22:37:58 -0400
The Canadian federation of manipulates which Calgary is a member, is also a member of the United Nations association in Canada. Which is for the most part, where they get their marching orders, and the reason they’re going belly up.

commented 2019-06-05 22:35:06 -0400
Still amazed Calgary voted Neshi for 2nd term.
Is Calgary lazy?
commented 2019-06-05 22:30:07 -0400
The most recent municipal election in Calgary was an absolute farce.
Between Nenshi’s infamous video where he unabahedly called out for the ‘brown vote,’ to the Gong Show on election night, when thousands of ‘after work’ voters were denied their constitutional right to vote because the Keystone Kops who were adjudicating the election, ‘somehow’ managed to run out of paper ballots. Unbelievable. I have never seen anything like that in my 44 years of voting in Canadian elections. Never.
This was one of the highest voter turnouts I have ever seen and we all know what an unusually high voter turnout REALLY means in this country.
It will go down in history as one of of the darkest days in the history of the Canadian democracy.

I will never forget it.
commented 2019-06-05 21:59:23 -0400
Another fat globalist PIG at the trough filling his pockets,this knob couldn’t careless about small business as long as his pay cheque doesn’t end. Make no mistake the other jackass in Edmonton Don Iveson is pretty much the same as this clown!!! All levels of government in this day and age need to be rounded up and shown the door!!!
commented 2019-06-05 21:33:34 -0400
Question 1) did the people of Calgary know that they were voting for their own demise in their last election? Question 2) how long before other leftist run cities in Canada follow suit? (Giving how leftists never met a bad idea they didn’t like.)