Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Let's Get Municipal

Calgary: Calgary is still buzzing over Barb Higgins' entry into the Mayoral race, and there are reports she has hired Liberal strategist Don Lovett as her campaign manager.

On the policy side, frontrunner Ric McIver has released his vision for Calgary, and Higgins has responded with her "policy framework". Both are bland, unoriginal, and short on specifics (the platforms, not the candidates, both of whom I find intriguing). Fellow candidate Naheed Nenshi offers a strong critique of these policy "announcements" on his site.

The airport tunnel is emerging as a big issue. True to the bizarre nature of Calgary politics, the right wing candidate wants to spend and the NDP proxy in this race thinks it's a waste of money. Go figure.

Toronto: With John Tory out of the race, it's now very much a Smitherman versus Ford affair.

And the Smitherman campaign is starting to turn up the heat, launching an attack "FordonFord" website.

Edmonton: Edmonton Politics is the must see source for this one. Also, Alex Abboud runs down the hotly contested ward races.

Montreal: Speculation is now rampant about the next mayoral election...in 2013. Good grief, we'll probably have 2 or 3 federal elections before then.

Regardless, the latest rumour has Denis Coderre making the jump to municipal politics. My anonymous Liberal sources have also confided to me that Martin Cauchon is now considering a run for Montreal mayor in 2013.

Dauphin: Tory MLA Inky Marr is running for mayor. Which means, in Inky's opinion, being a backbencher in Stephen Harper's caucus is a less glamourous position than being mayor of a town of 8,000 people.

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  • Well, AB messed up their Heritage Fund. It is $14B. Norway's is $400B. I can't even get accurate stats of AB's historic fund cap on the site; covering up raiding it. So are too stupid to diversify or save for rainy day.
    Maybe Calgary could enact a fund by capitalizing on petro companies. The idea being to diversify away from boom-bust investments. If the world suddenly decides to price carbon (say Russia's drought replayed in North America or SE Asia), oil sands are big loser. Call it the Cowtown Fund. Wind turbine parts (labour intensive enough to maintain entire oil patch workforce albeit at lower salaries) and future batteries seem natural to me, but you have enough oil $$ to hire some non tarred brains if you want. Or don't and be a ghost town.

    By Anonymous draft night bargain, at 10:06 p.m.  

  • FYI: The resignation of Inky Mark's is one less vote to scrap the long gun registry. Now he and Judy W-L cancel each other out.

    By Blogger DL, at 10:30 p.m.  

  • Typo: Inky Mark is obviously an MP, not an MLA.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:31 p.m.  

  • DL - Interesting, I hadn't thought of that.

    Of course, rumours are Bevilacqua will resign before the House comes back to run for mayor of Vaughan, which would mean one less vote to keep registry.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 9:12 a.m.  

  • And all those Liberal MPs who retired, or are retiring: does that mean that their couch is more glamourous than Iggy's caucus?

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