September 18, 2017

No debate on fiscal restraint as Calgary civic election kicks off

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

As Calgary’s municipal election officially kicks off, the key issues people are talking about are public art, the Calgary Next arena and whether to have the Olympics in the city for the second time.

These issues are controversial and are taking up a lot of space in the debate, but should they be election issues?

Calgary’s mayoral candidates keep telling us they want to get the city back on track by practicing fiscal restraint, but these projects are all extras.

If these candidates were serious, we wouldn’t have a fund for public art and we wouldn’t even be at the table for discussions with the NHL about how to keep their hockey team in town.

If none of these projects can succeed without taxpayer subsidies, it points to a bigger problem.

A successful business doesn’t need public money to stay afloat.

Calgarians have become accustomed to crazy spending habits, misuse of public dollars and mismanagement of public projects from City Council.

But while the mayoral candidates vocally debate which plan for useless projects is the best one, there’s deafening silence when it comes to really standing up for taxpayers.

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commented 2017-09-19 17:48:23 -0400
How about we follow Nenshi on the campaign trail and post his resume of destruction for the public to see. Remember the trailer park?
commented 2017-09-19 14:15:16 -0400
As long as we give Nenshi the boot, I’m good! He’s a socialist parasite and comparable to the mayor of Montreal. We the people need to pick a candidate and vote for him in droves.
commented 2017-09-19 02:17:02 -0400
As far as I am concerned, Atlanta can have the flames back.

I am so sick of hockey teams and new arenas.
commented 2017-09-19 00:50:12 -0400
Nenshi’s entire time as mayor has been painful to watch. CalgaryNEXT was never more than a half-baked pipe dream that completely glossed over both the potentially enormous cost of creosote remediation and the risks of building it on a flood plain barely a stone’s throw from the Bow River. Never heard of Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati? And the Green Line fiasco is even worse. Where in the original estimates is there any mention of a tunnel that goes all the way from Ramsey, through downtown, under the Bow River, and all the way up the north hill to the far side of 16th Avenue? I must have carelessly missed that. Yeah,right, and I bet I’m not the only one.
This has been amateur hour since 2010 and no doubt the brainwashed low-info sheeple will be clamouring for another four years of it. If that happens this will be the last time I am around to vote in a Calgary municipal election, and that’s a promise.
Nenshi and his pack of idiotic coattail-riders are turning a great city into a joke. It’s now or never.
commented 2017-09-18 21:59:09 -0400
There are a slate of good candidates, all more fiscally responsible than Nenshi.
commented 2017-09-18 19:45:49 -0400
Agreed with Tammy too
commented 2017-09-18 19:35:29 -0400
Agreed with Peter, good report.

It seems to me that unemployment in the city at 8-9% and empty office towers would be the prime issues for a city election.
commented 2017-09-18 19:34:21 -0400
Excellent report Holly.
These candidates are trying to distract the public with these debate topics. Calgarians need to insist debates have more substance and speak to real issues!
commented 2017-09-18 19:14:22 -0400
Holly, you do an excellent job! Keep it up!