Wednesday, September 12, 2007

(18% of) Calgary Votes

Calgary's municipal election gets off and rolling officially on Monday but things are already heating up. So, yes, my Toronto readers, go read one of the many other liblogers blood feuding over MMP, today's post is all for Calgarians.

1. Ward 1 challenger Carol Neuman has some absolutely hilarious posters on her facebook group that made me chuckle. It might be a good idea for the Alberta Liberals to do a similar "the world has changed since 1971" campaign virally next provincial election:

2. Barry Erskine has announced he won't be running again in Ward 11. Rumour is he'll be going for the PC nomination in Calgary Elbow against Craig Cheffins.

3. I did my first post on the Alnoor Kassam HQ blog on Tuesday, recapping the Monday council meeting I attended. As you can see by the information package they gave out to everyone attending it put it mildly...a long meeting.

4. From the looks of things, there should be somewhat serious challenges to most of the aldermen except for the trio in the far south.



  • Man, if I only had a candidate with that kind of sense of humour.... I'd vote for them any day. Nice.

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 11:30 p.m.  

  • I can tell you that, as a resident of Ward 2, I will not be voting for Gord Lowe. This man has not represented the needs of our growing district, and does not make an effort to connect with the community. I have yet to make a decision on where my vote will end up, but I can say with certainty that, when I mark my ballot, the mark won't be next to Gord.

    By Blogger Matthew Naylor, at 3:25 a.m.  

  • Thanksk for this post, CG.

    For mayor, I'm moderately leaning in favour of Alnoor Kassam. If I find that I can't vote for him or for any of Bronco's other opponents, I'll deliberately spoil my mayoralty ballot.

    As a resident of Ward 8, I shall be voting for Chapman. I generally don't go for slate politics at the municipal level. However, after mildly considering a vote for Madeleine King, she lost any chance of that when she pandered to the NIMBY (Not In My BackYard) crowd by opposing the construction of an affordable housing project sponsored by the Mustard Seed (she didn't put it like that, obviously, but IMHO that's what it amounted to). She then compounded that by going along with Bronco by opposing allowing city workers to plut "Support Our Troops" decals on city vehicles. Apparently, she only got re-elected three years ago over Chapman by about a couple hundred votes, so she could be toppled this time. I sure hope so.

    By Blogger Brian in Calgary, at 12:49 p.m.  

  • Bah - stuck with Diane Colley-Urquhart yet again!

    As for mayor...I'm resigned to the sad fact that Bronco will likely just auto-pilot to an easy win. Alnoor Kassam has his work cut out for him!

    By Blogger Glen, at 1:12 p.m.  

  • Madeleine King's will be an interesting ward race since both Chapman and Marr will give her a good run for her money.

    She's definitely been in the NIMBY camp for a long time, although she has moderately come around lately on basement suites, at least.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 5:57 p.m.  

  • Alnoor Kassam has his work cut out for him!

    He does indeed.

    although she has moderately come around lately on basement suites, at least.

    At the VERY least. But, to me, she's a day late and a dollar short. And, if I eventually conclude that I cannot vote for Chapman, Mar looks like an acceptable alternative. Ward 8 definitely does look like an interesting race.

    By Blogger Brian in Calgary, at 12:47 p.m.  

  • You might like to warn people about this nut in ward 4

    By Blogger Rev.Paperboy, at 10:29 p.m.  

  • the rev. said...

    You might like to warn people about this nut in ward 4

    Ouch! That hurts rev... You're off the Christmas card list!

    As much as you "progressives" may hate it, I'm in the race. The nomination forms are complete. The deposit cheque is written out. I've got volunteers helping me pound the pavement. The signage has been designed and the donations to finance it have been secured.

    This "nut" may not win but he's sure as hell going to take that socialist dipper down a peg or two...


    By Blogger Richard, at 11:57 p.m.  

  • I'm always happy to see members of the lunatic fringe or anyone else run for office Richard, I just think that the voters should be informed about what lies in their background, such as cybersquatting and sending traffic to stormfront and NAMBLA.

    By Blogger Rev.Paperboy, at 5:13 a.m.  

  • By Blogger raybanoutlet001, at 2:06 a.m.  

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