The five front runners for mayor gave their plans for when they become the mayor. I was only interested in Jeromy Farkas and Jyoti Gondek. Jeromy has some definite plans and he seems to be for the ordinary people. Jyoti had a lot of words but they did not make sense, at least to me. They just wound around the same old, same old we have been hearing from Naheed Nenshi. You can probably tell who I voted for.
(Thank you for doing your civic duty.)

Jyoti Gondek should be giving many a reason to worry. Think about all the times she voted “yes” to the detriment of the city of Calgary and Calgarians. She voted yes to continue the Olympic bid and look how much taxpayer money was wasted on that. Yes to a taxpayer-funded arena. Can we really afford this right now? She voted yes to a 7.5% residential tax increase and yes to defund the police department. And there’s more but, let’s end with the “no” votes. No to cut council’s pay and pensions. No to cut arts spending and no to cap golden handshakes. Look at her track record and see for yourselves. I would say we all paid a dear price with her voting as a councillor. That being said, what will she do to this city if she’s voted in as mayor? I think it a cringeworthy question. She went deeper by accepting a $1.7- million (support) handout by various union departments, which could lead her to be played like a marionette on their strings should she be voted in. The last thing we need is puppets running our already discontented city. Haven’t we all endured enough after 11 years? I know I have. So, place your votes wisely before you end up throwing away more hard earned money from your wallets, unless you really like doing that.
(Too many Calgarians need every single penny they can keep in their pocket. High time someone remembered that.)

It is my belief that mayoralty candidate Jyoti Gondek is disingenuous. As chair of the Planning and Urban Development (PUD) committee, Gondek presented the Guidebook for Great Communities (“Guidebook”) to council as a statutory document. Previous to this, her office responded to emails about the nature of the document by stating that, (and I quote), “… the Guidebook is not statutory.” When asked if it would be statutory if passed, her office “clarified” as follows: “And I’ll elaborate on this concept of the Guidebook as a statutory document. The proposed Guidebook, if approved by council, would replace Volume 2 of the Municipal Development Plan (MDP). Volume 2 of the MDP comprises ‘Implementation Guidebooks’. Currently, Volume 2 of the MDP includes the existing New Community Planning Guidebook, Developed Areas Guidebook, and Centre City Guidebook.” In other words, “Yes”. Call me a cynic, but I believe the whole Guidebook “spin”, from Naheed Nenshi to Gian-Carlo Carra to Gondek, was intended to confuse and thereby avoid genuine public engagement. By following the Guidebook, Calgary will eventually eliminate single-family communities. It was my expectation that this would be a key election issue. But, with disingenuous answers from Gondek and others, few Calgarians understand what the future may hold. Only Jeromy Farkas is promising to repeal the Guidebook (now called Guide for Local Area Planning).
(No one is going to figure out this city hall gobbledygook, which may or may not be the plan.)

It is amazing the degree of ignorance that our city council members believe of the people they are supposed to serve. Jyoti Gondek tries to reinvent herself as a fiscally responsible candidate who will champion the taxpayers and bring back businesses to the downtown, when she has spent her entire term being Nenshi 2.0, treating taxpayers as a ATM. She has supported every ridiculous or ineffective social program; council pay increase, or legacy project that came to a vote, not once concerned where the money would come from. She has never opposed the practise of moving council’s contentious sessions to behind closed doors or supporting Naheed Nenshi in shutting down debate when the argument wasn’t going the squad’s way. Jeff Davison? What’s to say aside from Jeff Who! The invisible councillor wanting to be the invisible mayor. He is trying to sell himself as the person that can make things happen. When he has spent the last four years just occupying a seat and phoning in his vote with the majority. Jeromy Farkas is the only one of these delusional ex-council members that recognizes that if we have any hope of recovering from the deviation caused by the energy bust and COVID, that city hall has to lower its spending, lower taxes for businesses and homeowners too. All costs impact how we will attract business investment and new jobs. We can’t afford another four years of Nenshi-style throwing money at virtue signalling special interest, legacy projects.
(Distinct choices to be made.)

Recent writings by Licia Corbella and other columnists commented on the leading five mayoralty candidates. Here is my take on it. Jyoti Gondek is out. She is typical of the departing councillors, who are people who almost consistently tax and foolishly and wastefully spend. To bring in more money, so that they can waste even more, they don’t hesitate to put green spaces up for grabs. Add to that Miss Gondek’s love affair with the unions, and her pie in the sky platform. Jeff Davison is out as well. He is Gondek-light, a bit more level headed. His platform makes far more sense than Gondek’s. Not enough though. Jan Damery was interesting enough to be considered. However, her recent comments regarding COVID-19 indicated certain attitudes that did not sit well with me. Brad Field is a real contender. His school of hard knocks education is a big plus. He has organizational skills and his platform makes sense. If Jeromy Farkas were not running, Brad would be my first choice among these candidates. Jeromy Farkas is my choice. He is tried and tested. He is principled. He consistently stood for fiscal restraint, accountability, openness, and more, despite constant extreme abuse, both in public and in camera, afforded to him by the mayor and the councillors. His platform is consistent with his record on council. Calgary needs somebody like him.
(May the best person for the job win. And if that’s the case, Calgary wins, too.)