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DebraW
15-07-2007, 12:02 PM
Stephen Mandel shadow boxing

Sun, July 15, 2007
By NEIL WAUGH

Edmontonians are well into summer now. It's too hot to fish and too hot for golf and it's clearly too cold to start thinking about municipal politics.

Save that for after Labour Day when the countdown to the mid-October civic elections traditionally kicks off.

Even though the vote seems like it's a long way off, trends are starting to develop. It's clear that Edmontonians will have a new-look city council with several veteran councillors already indicating they won't let their names stand again.

Renewal is always good. And quite frankly, it's time to get some fresh faces under the pyramids, since city council is increasingly losing touch with its primary purpose.

It's supposed to deliver good, efficient and effective basic municipal services, like proper snow removal and street maintenance and a credible and respected police force.

Picking fights with other municipalities in the region and embarking on expensive flights of fancy are clearly not Job One for Edmonton's municipal politicians.

Unfortunately for Edmontonians, it appears they will be denied a choice when it comes to voting in a mayor for the next three years.

To mount an effective campaign, potential candidates should have come out of the political woodwork by this time and begun to build their programs and profiles.

None have, which is too bad.

This hasn't stopped incumbent Stephen Mandel from cranking up his re-election machinery - which has been pretty well up to speed since his State of the City address to the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.

Right now, however, Mandel is running against air.

And that's strange because a recent Angus Reid forum poll revealed all is not well for the man in the driver's seat at No. 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square. More than half of the poll respondents said "no" when asked "is Stephen Mandel doing a good job as mayor of Edmonton?"

It was a straw poll rather than a scientific survey, so the results can be disputed.

But it does indicate that a serious number of Edmonton voters will be effectively disenfranchised in the fall elections if they don't have a choice of candidates for the mayor's job.

And this is neither good for democracy nor Mandel.

The mayor has certainly shown a number of shortcomings that at times seem to overshadow his strengths.

His lack of willpower in tackling the basics or standing up to the Stelmach Conservatives - who appear to be lavishing special funding on Calgary - has added to Mandel's political problems.

All this and more needs to be thoroughly debated on the campaign trail this fall.

But as it stands now, Mandel appears headed for a walkover win in October.

And that's not healthy for anybody.

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MylesC
15-07-2007, 04:16 PM
Oh, come ON Neil....

IF you can't figure out what a massive roadblock the regional system we have going is to providing efficient and effective services than you better get back to the drawing board.

And no doubt these "flights of fancy" are things like the Art Gallery.

Good Lord almighty, enough if enough. Stop whining and realize there is more to a city of 1 million people than POT HOLES.

Sonic Death Monkey
15-07-2007, 05:06 PM
:smt015

dwells
15-07-2007, 06:53 PM
Oh, come ON Neil....

IF you can't figure out what a massive roadblock the regional system we have going is to providing efficient and effective services than you better get back to the drawing board.

And no doubt these "flights of fancy" are things like the Art Gallery.

Good Lord almighty, enough if enough. Stop whining and realize there is more to a city of 1 million people than POT HOLES.
What's scary is that with all the alleged missteps that Mandel is supposed to have made, there is no one who is going to oppose him.

To me that says that no potential opponent thinks they can do as well as Mandel. Where are all those people who blame him for everything from sour milk to snow storms?

JayBee
16-07-2007, 09:06 AM
Hey Neil, why don't you put your name where your mouth is? Let the people choose your way since you know everything? Didn't Ralph Klein start out in media? Wouldn't Waugh Wow 'em? Rah rah, dude.

Worried about your paycheque?

DebraW
16-07-2007, 09:19 AM
Edmonton Sun Letters
Monday, July 16, 2007

Why is it that we always elect left-wing civic politicians in this city who want to do nothing but spend money? When are we going to have some smart businessmen and businesswomen to vote for? How come they never seem to run for city council?

Gina George

(Too busy making money?)

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MylesC
16-07-2007, 01:29 PM
Waaaaaaiittt...

Isn't Mandel a businessman....

and...waaaaiiiitttttt....

Wouldn't fixing all the potholes as quickly as everyone wanted them to be done mean SPENDING MONEY like crazy??

and, wait one more minute....isn't it the RIGHT WING Sun media that has been beamoaning over said potholes all year????

/headexplodes

dwells
16-07-2007, 03:37 PM
Waaaaaaiittt...

Isn't Mandel a businessman....

and...waaaaiiiitttttt....

Wouldn't fixing all the potholes as quickly as everyone wanted them to be done mean SPENDING MONEY like crazy??

and, wait one more minute....isn't it the RIGHT WING Sun media that has been beamoaning over said potholes all year????

/headexplodes
I don't understand what you're getting at here. Most of our mayors have operated businesses.

grish
16-07-2007, 03:57 PM
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Edmonton Sun Letters
Monday, July 16, 2007

Why is it that we always elect left-wing civic politicians in this city who want to do nothing but spend money? When are we going to have some smart businessmen and businesswomen to vote for? How come they never seem to run for city council?

Gina George
(Too busy making money?)

MylesC
16-07-2007, 04:04 PM
Grish picked up on it :wink:

kcantor
16-07-2007, 07:05 PM
Grish picked up on it :wink:
Actually, I think it's more like not wanting to put up with the s***t and abuse every time you turn around. While you just have one vote out of thirteen, everything that doesn't happen to everyone's satisfaction is your fault and everything that does happen to anyone's dissatisfaction is also your fault. And the money you get paid is completely irrelevent to the job performance that is expected. It is not enough to be anything but a step down to anyone with the skills to do the job but enough to be attractive to those would never qualify to earn it. Anyone with the skill and ability to do an effective job as mayor is certainly doing so from a commmitment to make Edmonton a better a place for all of us because we give them no other reason to take on the task...

dwells
16-07-2007, 08:11 PM
Well, I think Mandel is the best mayor we've had in over ten years. Maybe even more. :lol: