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Fellow Calgarians and Canadians.

Welcome back to!

Over the past four years, we have used this platform to ask our provincial elected officials important questions about city issues. Now, in this federal election (Vote on October 19!), I—on behalf of Calgary City Council—am asking the major national parties about how cities matter to them. Their responses are all published here.

More than 80 per cent of Canadians live in our cities. Cities are the engines of growth and prosperity for our country. Strong, healthy cities ensure an equally strong and healthy Canada. Getting our federal politicians on the record about how they’ll invest in public transit, repair and build critical infrastructure, and create affordable housing (among other critical issues) is important for citizens as we move forward as a nation.

The things that matter to Calgary and Calgarians also matter to Canadians in every other city in this great country. The nine major topics in this survey range from funding urban aboriginal strategies to strengthening immigration, settlement, and integration programming. Please take a moment to explore these issues on this website, and review at the party responses. Their answers here let us know what to expect once citizens have decided on our next government. It is my hope that will help voters in Calgary and across Canada become informed and involved in the debate.

Again, thank you visiting this site, and thank you to the parties who are taking the time to respond to the survey. Your contribution to the debate is appreciated because cities do, truly, matter.


Naheed K. Nenshi
Mayor of Calgary