McIver strikes back

Working on policy is called democracy

By Ric McIver, for the Calgary Herald
October 26, 2009

I read with interest Naheed Nenshi’s trip into fantasyland. With a civic election now less than a year away, it would appear he was unable to restrain himself, and unfortunately his column reflects a perspective on the history of this council that is so pathetically at odds with reality, it’s hard to know where to start.

But I’ll try with what is perhaps the most important issue, one that Nenshi conveniently missed and one that most Herald readers are probably unaware of. The Herald has previously reported that Nenshi is considering running for council. He has already run once, unsuccessfully, on a slate of candidates under the banner of The Better Calgary Campaign.

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  1. Tom Howard · October 27, 2009

    Some sharp-tongued invective from Alderman McIver, indeed. Interesting to note that he doesn’t think that last-minute, closed-door meetings with real estate developers are a breach of democratic process, but instead a “fact of life” (which would make sense, as real estate developers constitute the largest sources of funding for the majority of Aldermanic campaigns). Personally I would like to see McIver publicly defend his record on council against Nenshi, as he seems so eager to do – perhaps in a moderated debate, where blunted ad hominems tend to lose much of their effectiveness.

  2. sedorski · October 28, 2009

    I like debate.

  3. Tom Howard · October 29, 2009

    How ’bout a cage match? Bare-knuckle brawl? Game of chess? Free-throw contest? Spelling bee? Ack, so many ways for these gents to resolve their differences.

  4. Tom · November 2, 2009

    Perhaps an invigorating round of Paper-Rock-Scissors.

  5. naheed · November 7, 2009

    Anytime, any place. Do you guys want to organize?

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