Mayor Nenshi and Greg Clark agree: Municipal issues are crucial for byelections
Posted on October 15, 2014 by Katherine Taylor
Greg Clark, Leader of the Alberta Party and candidate in the Calgary Elbow by-election, met with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi to discuss City Charters and Flood Policy.
“I’m very pleased that municipal issues are becoming a ballot box question in these byelections,” said Mayor Nenshi.
“We need action now to build the transit that we need, to build the housing that we need, the rec centres, and all of the other things that our big cities do,” Clark told reporters Tuesday alongside Mayor Nenshi.
Clark said new taxation powers should be part of the Charter discussion. “We need to consider things like hotel taxes, which don’t affect residents but can create considerable revenues for Cities.”
“Our cities are responsible for more services than ever, and they do all this with an antiquated system of taxation that was devised in 1849. The reliance on property taxes to fund these essential services no longer works,” said Greg Clark.
Clark and Nenshi also talked about what the Province needs to do to protect Calgary from future flood hazards.
Clark, who co-founded the Calgary River Communities Action Group in response to the 2013 floods, has worked alongside his neighbours in rebuilding their community. As leader of the Alberta Party he has spearheaded the creation of the comprehensive Alberta Party Flood Recovery and Prevention Framework.
“The cost of delaying action at the expense of our homes and our economy is too high to ignore. As MLA for Calgary Elbow, I will fight to ensure our government builds the Glenmore Diversion tunnel and champion the feasibility study and consultation necessary to advance the Springbank dry dam.”
Learn more about Greg Clark, Leader of the Alberta Party and candidate in the October 27th Calgary-Elbow by-election.