An update from Mayor Nenshi: A Better Calgary in Progress 2015

Friends:

Every year, we do a survey of Calgarians to get a snapshot of how you feel about your city, and the results have been consistent over the past few years: Calgarians are proud, optimistic, and very satisfied with the service they get from their city. Compared to other cities, that's amazing. It means that we (your government) are on the right track, but it also means you expect us to constantly improve, become more responsive, and serve all Calgarians with the high quality of service you've come to expect.

Over those four years (and a handful of months), I've worked hard as your mayor to lead City Council on the issues that matter to Calgarians. Together, we're better managing growth, improving transportation options for all, investing in our communities, and making a more citizen-focused government.

In the past year and a quarter since I was re-elected as your mayor, we've done a lot to make Calgary even better. From breaking ground on new recreation centres and the New Central Library to conducting more zero-based reviews of City departments to advancing new Calgary Transit projects, it has been a busy time. This document is a brief look at some of the progress we've made, an

Mayor Nenshi answers citizen questions for 2014 World Mayor Prize

On February 2, 2015 Mayor Naheed Nenshi was named the winner of the 2014 World Mayor Prize awarded by the City Mayors Foundation.

When the top 3 mayors from around the world were selected, City Mayors Foundation offered those citizens who participated the opportunity to pose some questions to Mayor Nenshi. The foundation selected the top 16 questions. Below are Mayor Nenshi's responses.

QUESTIONS   By Chris R, New York City, USA   Question: Given your background as well as your progressive social and political views, did you have to think long and hard before entering local politics in a conservative province like Alberta?

Mayor Nenshi replies: I reject these terms – ‘progressive' and ‘conservative'. I think they are meaningless to the vast majority of people, who just want good government at a decent price. As the former Governor of Washington and Senator, Dan Evans, wrote in 2002, “There are no Republican schools or Democrat highways, no liberal salmon or conservative parks.” I really believe that this kind of categorization alienates people and keeps them from participating in the political process. So, the answer is no. I know my community and I had a good sense of what people want and need. What I did think long and hard about was the personal cost: was I willing to give up my personal life to be in the public eye? Could I do better on the inside than as an academic and pundit—as an ideas guy? Could I develop a thick enough skin to deal with really mean people on the internet? Could my family? These are questions that I still think about: how can we remove some of these barriers to get more good people entering politics? I think not pigeon-holing folks before they even ge