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Friday, October 05, 2012

Calgary, Snow Routes and the 1%

So, Calgary City Council has decreed, in its infinite wisdom, that bike routes will be the top priority for snow crews this winter. Undoubtedly, this wise decision was taken on the back of the city's own 2011 census, which asked residents' mode of transport for commuting to work. A stonking 0.89% said that they commute by bike. That's right, Calgary City Council has selected its very own (almost) 1%, who will henceforth take priority over the other 99.11% of taxpayers. The city's own studies show that the majority of downtown workers arrive by transit. Yet transit routes will be relegated to priority 2 when snow falls. Once again, our out-of-touch municipal politicians have mistaken a noisy minority for public will. Hopefully they will mull that over when they lose their reserved, heated, underground parking stalls at city hall after losing the next election.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Life in Calgary Centre

I haven't blogged in a while, but now seems a good time to start again. I joined the board of Calgary Centre Conservatives last month, thinking that it was a good time to gently ease myself into the local Federal political scene after more than a year on the Provincial campaign trail and with plenty of time to learn the ropes before the 2015 election.

Unfortunately, it seems that Lee Richardson had other ideas. He announced his resignation before I had even attended my first board meeting, so hopefully it wasn't the thought of working with me that pushed him to resign. Regardless, we're now heading into another political whirlwind with a soon to be announced selection race, followed by a campaign which will be run by some of the countries most experienced political operatives, from whom I hope to learn a great deal.

So far, I have only heard from Joan Crockatt, who I met this evening. She certainly has an impressive background, combining business ownership with extensive experience of politics, media and the energy industry, which is an enviable resume for anyone seeking to represent one of the world's leading energy centres.

Of course, John Mar also has a high profile locally, as Alderman and former member of Lee Richardson's board, and will have a strong campaign in place. However, he also has to overcome the perception that his voting record at City Hall is fiscally liberal. His campaign manager, Stephen Carter, as plenty of experience on that front though.