As the date for mayoral election draws near, the voters need to take a little more interest in the candidates’ profiles and their respective platforms. At the time of writing this piece, there were more than a dozen candidates declared in the race for the mayoralty seat. So, what is their position on actions that could potentially reduce Calgary’s carbon footprint? Television channels, like, CTV, Global, have created a specific page to cover the forthcoming civic elections of Calgary. One of the channels has provided summary bullet points on the respective platforms of the candidates (http://calgary.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100909/CGY_election_mayoralty_100909/20100909?hub=CalgaryHome).
Analyzing the platforms mentioned at the above web page, one finds that only a few candidates have stated specific actions which could potentially have a positive impact towards reducing city’s carbon footprint. These are as under (candidate, action point):
Craig Burrows: Convert Calgary’s transit fleet to natural gas;
Bonnie Devine: Elimination of public transit fares;
Naheed Nenshi: Remove the $3 Park and Ride fee to encourage more transit users.
Other candidates’ platforms are silent on any specific action about Calgary’s environment; Bob Hawkesworth’s platform, however, alludes to the environment aspect in a general manner by stating “committed to policies that protect Calgary’s environment”.
It s understandable that the candidates are trying to focus relatively more on city’s hot button issues to gain voters’ attention, but that does not mean that Calgary’s environment (and its carbon foot print) should be given a short shrift.
Well, it will be for the voters to draw the candidates’ attention on this important issue and get clarity on what action they propose to take to manage and reduce Calgary’s carbon footprint. But the voters have limited time to do so – now till October 17; the election take place on October 18.