Take the time to think about Calgary this election

The writ has dropped. The provincial election is set. Calgarians will be heading to the polls April 16.

Calgary City Council is asking Calgarians to keep City priorities top of mind this election by asking candidates what their plans are for Calgary.

“We are hearing from parties a lot about change, repeal, and about going back. It is important to Calgarians that the commitments made to Calgary will be honoured,” said Mayor Neheed Nenshi at the launch of YYC Matters on March 11. In his remarks, he encouraged Calgarians to stand up for Calgary and get informed before casting their votes.

The City launched to help inform Calgarians about four key priorities: honouring commitments to Calgarians; supporting Calgarians; promoting economic recovery; and closing Calgary’s infrastructure gap.

“The people we elect this spring will make decisions that will affect Calgary’s economy and our future,” said Nenshi. “Having a site that focuses on Calgary’s priorities will raise the quality of dialogue about our future.”

YYC Matters aims to make it easier for Calgarians to stay informed on election issues that affect Calgary. A series of Calgary-specific questions have been sent to the various parties and their responses will be posted at next month.

Calgary has long been the economic engine for Alberta and Canada. Future prosperity for our community requires support from the Province.

In the lead up to the election on April 16, we will continue to highlight Calgary’s priorities through weekly updates to Calgarians.

“Calgary voters are going to play a significant role in this election,” said Nenshi. “We need the Province to continue to work with The City as a partner in building Alberta’s future.

“A strong Calgary means a strong Alberta. I hope Calgarians will hold their provincial politicians accountable on the priorities we’ve identified,” he said. “When a candidate knocks at your door, why not ask: What is your plan for Calgary?”