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Thursday, April 01, 2010

The race for Mayor of Calgary

The Calgary Herald reported yesterday on how the race for Mayor of Calgary is shaping up. Two things struck me about this race, based on that article. The first is that it seems that everyone and their cousin are running for Mayor. The second is the candidacy of Alnoor Kassam.

Mr. Kassam seems to be the only candidate who is running from the ‘outsider’ position, and in a crowded field such as this one it is the ‘outsiders’ that can be the game changers. He ran for Mayor in the last election, and got in second, but he used his own money to finance the campaign. This time around he is fundraising and looking to pose as a serious candidate for Mayor. It is early days but Mr. Kassam is exactly the sort of candidate that can help shape a campaign. It should be interesting to keep an eye on how it plays out.

With both Calgary and Toronto up for grabs, it looks like this is going to be an exciting year for municipal politics.

Posted by Hugh MacIntyre on April 1, 2010 in Municipal Politics | Permalink


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