The election buzz is still in the air, but this Nenshi euphoria may have clouded a bit of how we will proceed as citizens over the next three years. The media has also been drawn into this Nenshi hype, and the only column against Nenshi was poorly received. While the turnout at the swearing-in ceremony was unprecedented, one must look at it with cautious optimism.
It is hard to get rid of a system with those in power who were brought in under the same system. While Nenshi has committed himself to a variety of campaign finance reform measures, he spoke little on the way aldermen and the mayor are elected. The first past the post system has given a false sense of victory. Nenshi was only elected with a plurality of votes. It would be hard to make the argument that change is in the air and that Calgary is moving progressively when 60% of the popular vote was not for Nenshi. If we look at the math more closely, the city can only claim that 21% of Calgarians actively said they supported Nenshi.
47% of eligible voters did not cast a ballot for Nenshi. They were [...]Read More