Calgary, which has a reputation of being a conservative city, home to oil and stampedes, has elected an accomplished intelligent man, a Harvard graduate, who is also Muslim and a visible minority. The new mayor, Naheed Nanshi, won 40% of the popular vote. It was a surprise victory–the front runners both being conservative candidates. He called his campaign the purple revolution. Good choice of colours!
Rob Anders, the Conservative MP for Calgary West, calls Mr. Nenshi the “Obama of Alberta,” and he doesn’t mean that in a good way
I say Kudos to Calgary and Kudos to Calgary’s voters.
Our own municipal election here in Toronto is next week. The view started out grim, but it’s looking up. I hope that we pull one out of the fire for the centre, too.