Originally Posted by wild wild west
If McIver decides to run against Bronco, he will have plenty of material to target the mayor with. 6 percent annual tax hikes during a recession, park and ride fees, "designer bridges", Council pay hikes, Plan|it|, etc...the media has portrayed such issues in a very one-sided fashion. I think it could be a very nasty campaign. However it will also force McIver to articulate a vision of why he would be a good Mayor of Calgary, other than that he's cheap. He's had it far too easy in recent months - being portrayed as a taxpayer's hero in the media without having to articulate how he would do things differently.
And I think this is a big problem for him. All it will take is one debate or question to ask him what his vision is, and people will see that perhaps he doesn't really have one. Or, it is that of a very plain, utilitarian city that is run with only the most basic of services because with any sort of tax cut, that is what we could afford.
I am surprised when people think that the Mayor and council are being fiscally irresponsible when implementing tax hikes and charging more user fees. Do they really think they want to do this, simply for the sake of doing it? It is because it is necessary to pay for the services provided in the city. Now, if citizens don't want those services, I guess they might have a viable alternative for that kind of government (or at least Mayor) in McIvor.