Ted Morton is the (Straw) Man
"Calgary by itself is a good but not a great city," [Morton] told delegates.
"What makes Calgary a great city -- the best in Canada as far as I am concerned -- is what surrounds it."
Bronconnier said the speech was more proof that Calgary's issues are an afterthought for provincial leaders.
"I think it's ironic from a rural MLA living in Calgary to tell an audience that Calgary is not a great city -- of course I take offence to that," he said.
"It was absolutely uncalled for -- they're trying to divide and conquer."
Following the speech, Bronconnier confronted Morton and "gave him a piece of my mind."
Morton, the MLA for Foothills-Rocky View west of Calgary who lives in Varsity, said the mayor over-reacted to the remarks, going "ballistic" for no good reason.
"Dave is so self-absorbed and thin-skinned that he's capable of misinterpreting things and taking them out of context," he said.
"I think what you're seeing is a deteriorating relationship between Dave Bronconnier and every other official that tries to work with him."