Fellow Calgarians and Albertans,

Welcome to CitiesMatter.ca -- a site that is home to responses from Alberta's Progressive Conservative (PC) Leadership Candidates about the issues facing our cities today.

Strong, healthy cities require thoughtful vision and action from all orders of government. But if we don’t ask our politicians for that, we may never get it. There is often a sad lack of discussion (from the provincial and federal governments) about the issues that affect us every day. Supporting front-line services, eliminating homelessness and poverty, fixing the fiscal imbalance, and creating a sustainable transportation strategy with cities (just to name a few topics) all too often fall off the political radar.

CitiesMatter.ca is one way we—the citizens of cities—can raise our voices to ensure better discussions with our politicians about how we can make our cities better. During the last provincial election (April 2012) and the last PC leadership race (October 2011) The City of Calgary surveyed provincial political parties and leadership candidates about the issues that matter most to cities.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi

On the right-hand side of this website, you can browse the current leadership candidates responses either by issue or by candidate. Even though the 2012 election and 2011 PC leadership race have passed, you can still review the responses from those previous surveys. Thank you to all the candidates for responding to the survey, and congratulations to all the candidates and volunteers who participated in this race -- it takes a lot to put yourself out there and represent your fellow citizens.

And thank you all for exploring this site. Your participation in these issues makes a difference, and it shows that cities do—truly--matter.


Naheed K. Nenshi
Mayor of Calgary