Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bob Hawkesworth for Mayor

This blog doesn't offer a lot of endorsements, but this is the first time in years that I've been enthusiastic about voting FOR someone inspiring in a Calgary election rather than just AGAINST someone horrifying.

Though there are a few of the latter this year too, I'm looking at you Ric McIver and Craig Burrows.

Bob Hawkesworth has been an elected official for 30 years, both as a city councillor and a stint as a provincial MLA. He served for three years as President of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. He couldn't play the oh so tedious 'outsider' pose so popular with wannabe populists if he wanted to and isn't trying. Experience is a plus for everything else, why should it be considered an automatic negative in politics?

Hawkesworth has opposed expensive boondoggles like an unnecessary airport tunnel supported by the so-called 'fiscally responsible' right wingers vying for the mayoral job and has firmly supported keeping the city's ownership of the local utility company (Disclosure: I work there.). On development, poverty, spending, sustainability and the environment he has a history and a platform of smart, quietly competent progressive pragmatism.

I look forward to casting my vote for him.

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