Well, it looks like Nenshi is going to win by a landslide – at least that’s what the experts predict.
But something that has the experts scratching their heads is “why?”.
What’s baffling to many economists, watchdogs, aldermen (soon to be titled ‘Councillors’, thanks to our tax dollars), and other experts is how Nenshi has such a shining public opinion.
The answer is simple –
The estimated turnout of young voters in recent years (as per elections Canada) is roughly 45% in Alberta. (http://www.elections.ca/content)
That’s a lot of voters. Voters who are completely immersed in social media. These are people who would rather get their news from ‘friends’, ‘memes’ and the oversaturated ‘leftist’ online community instead of actually doing their own research, reading credible news sources or making decisions for themselves.
Most acknowledge that Nenshi barely made it into office in 2010 when Ric McIver, the main Conservative candidate, was undermined by late running candidate Barb Higgins (a local media celebrity) who split the Conservative vote and allowed Nenshi and his youth-fuelled ‘Purple Campaign’ to steal a very slim victory.
Had it not been for the Ric McIver / Barb Higgins rift, Nenshi would not have stood a chance.
Now in 2013, we have a totally different scenario, one that depicts Nenshi as a one man army, a purple demagogue, impervious to being dethroned.
Social networkers and the leftist media has been working overtime since his election to portray him as The New Calgary Messiah – a man who will change our ‘backwards’ redneck city for the better somehow. And 45% of the voters, inundated with social media, are buying into it…
But if they took the time to do their own research instead of taking a ‘wall’ photo as gospel, they’d perhaps see things differently.
Criticized for his handling of the major flooding in Calgary this year by city planners, meteorologists and other experts, who had been urging his council to prepare for another onslaught after the 2005 Calgary flood crisis (a foreshadowing of the 2013 event), Nenshi quickly swept any blame or bad press for his inaction under the rug and found himself bestowed with the title of ‘City Hero’ after sending a few snide and insulting tweets to overzealous canoer’s on the Bow.
The social media explosion made him an immediate ‘celebrity’, coining the term ‘#NenshiNoun’, and helping people to forget about who the real heroes were – the first responders, firefighters, police officers, military and volunteers.
But that’s hardly all –
During his time in office, he has allied himself with opponents of oil – an absolute folly in a city so dependent on oil for its existence.
His past blatant refusal to do anything about the ‘Occupy Movement’, going so far as to safeguard and condone their activity, claiming that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms trumps any city bylaws. This allowed the protesters to rack up a huge bill – all the while downplaying the actual dollar amount – an obvious attempt to grab more of the aforementioned 45% of leftist and youth voters.
His office has continually increased taxes (28%), lied about it (his office released a 15% increase to media), and has since been caught by a federal watchdog who reported the actual numbers.
He has shown irresponsible spending in numerous sectors –
He also shows a complete lack of responsibility for his past mistakes and has a lengthy record of first approving things and then abruptly throwing others under the bus when it suits his needs. Who does everyone think signed off on the $470,000 monstrosity on 96th Ave?
And nothing can quite compare to his ‘classy’ remarks to Sun reporter Ezra Levant, blatantly accusing him of being a redneck ‘wife beater’. That’s the mark of a true leader.
So, as we watch this maelstrom of irrationality and craziness repeat itself this year, maybe think about giving MLA Jon Lord a try…
Or you can take the dramatically pretentious and overly confident Naheed pledge…