Calgary floods: Mayor Nenshi shines


CBC.CA
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As Calgarians  mop up after the recent severe flooding that submerged large areas of their city under mud and water and have an opportunity to assess the damage they should be proud of their mayor. Yes indeed, a Canadian Mayor who has shown courage and poise in a disastrous situation – ain’t that a change!

Yes indeed, a Canadian Mayor who has shown courage and poise in a disastrous situation – ain’t that a change!

Recently the mayors of many Canadian cities have been getting more than their fair share of media attention, and for all the wrong reasons. There’s Toronto’s Rob Ford and the allegations of drug use and ties to drug dealers which have kept many media outlets, including several south of the border, occupied for weeks. Then we have Montreal’s carousel of mayors and interim mayors stepping down or actually being arrested for various accusations of corruption; these seem to have a domino effect on mayors of smaller towns in Quebec who apparently jump before being pushed.

Then we have Montreal’s carousel of mayors and interim mayors stepping down or actually being arrested for various accusations of corruption

Calgary_MayorLet me point out that I’m not familiar with Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi’s positions on civic management, municipal politics being a local matter, unless a mayor does something insane (see Rob Ford above) they are rarely well-known in other cities. But during the floods I have been very impressed with Mayor Nenshi’s elan as he puts in long hours to see to the needs of his citizens. In the numerous media briefings and interviews he has maintained a calm demeanor and, when appropriate, even displayed a sense of humor, precisely what Calgarians need at this point. His manner must go a long way to easing, sadly not erasing, the fears of his citizens.

But during the floods I have been very impressed with Mayor Nenshi’s elan as he puts in long hours to see to the needs of his citizens

In contrast to politicians who often approach journalists as if they were adversaries (sometimes with good reason) Mayor Nenshi has shown how the  media and city administration can work together in a time of crisis.

I’m sure there are opponents of Mayor Nenshi who could point out to me any number of his policies that are not to their liking, but in this current  situation alone, I have been pleased to see a Canadian mayor in a good light for a change. Good luck Calgary, I get the impression you are in safe hands.

MeDCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

 

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14 thoughts on “Calgary floods: Mayor Nenshi shines

  1. As a Calgarian I am so proud of Naheed Nenshi. He has proven to be a positive and directive figure at this time of great despair and stress. Oh, and with about a 80% approval rating from the citizens I think you will be hard pressed to find too many opponents to this amazing man ! Thank you for running this wonderful column. Hugs from the west.

  2. He is awesome. And his policies are excellent. Before this crisis and during, he has been everything you described and then some. Proud of our mayor and our councillors for their tireless work during this tragedy.

  3. We are all so proud of our mayor, Naheed Nenshi, for keeping the city under control during this horrific catastrophe of the worst floods in Calgary’s history. He looked exhausted on Friday and as soon as things get back to some normalcy, I hope he can catch up on his sleep.

  4. I agree 100% I live in Rocky Mountain House, been watching the news coverage the whole time! He has done an outstanding job of keeping everyone informed what is going on and keeping a sense of calm out there! I am sure there are thousands of Calgarian’s that will jump in am help get this mess cleaned up! I hope these fine lady’s from Rocky that organized A massive trailer load of water, kids clothing, and needed goods got to their destination in Calgary to help out!

    On another note….. could not figure out how to send a link of this page to the Mayor! I am sure he would love to see this page and know his work is appreciated!

  5. He looks like he’s on his way to being like Mississauga’s Hazel McCallion. High approval rating and a reputation-building leadership challenge that went well (for McCallion it was a train derailment in 1979).

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