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.