As I’ve been meeting with residents these last few months, I’ve learned a lot. And I know I have lots of learning left to do.
But one thing I’m hearing is that Edmontonians know, in order to thrive, we need to take care of one another, and we need to come together—and that includes everyone, regardless of their political alignment and views.
One of the things that has been frustrating me, one of the reasons that I got back into politics, is the charged and divisive discourse that seems to be taking hold of politics. I’m tired of the “far left” and “far right” ideologies that are pitting us against one another. And we’re seeing the damage and barriers that can be caused by deep divisions along political lines, where great ideas and effective solutions are left behind because we focus more on our differences than the things that unite us.
One of my favourite things about municipal politics is that it is non-partisan. I know many of you are exhausted by polarizing politics. It’s clear that people want their leaders to do better. They want integrity, compassion, good judgment, and accountability. You, like me, want a return to respectful and civil discourse, and a practical and solution-driven approach to navigating the challenges ahead of us. You want good fiscal management, but you also care about service delivery and supports for our neighbourhoods, local business owners, and citizens in need. In short, we need a balanced approach and to meet in the middle.
I believe that our city—and our elected officials—are here to serve our residents, regardless of how they vote. So, the question I’m asking myself and all of you, is how do we ensure we’re bringing people from across the political spectrum and all levels of government to the table to find the right solutions for Edmonton? How do we make sure that everyone has a home in our city, and feels safe and valued, no matter ones ethnicity, identity, or politics? How do I, as your next Mayor, foster a culture of collaboration and open dialogue, so we can find common ground?
We know that in the next four years, Edmonton will continue to face challenges. Already constrained budgets will become even tighter. Businesses, governments, and residents will be expected, yet again, to do more with less.
We need to work together, not against each other, if we are to effectively tackle the problems we face as a city. My plan for our city will be a balanced one, anchored by the principles of collaboration, consensus-building, and empowerment. Together, we can ensure that we are getting the best for our city—for everyone.
I am Kim Krushell, and I am for Edmonton.