Over the last several months, I’ve been working with my team and Edmontonians from across the city to build a platform to share with you.
But let’s be real, no platform can anticipate everything our City and Council will face in the next four years, especially as we work to recover from this pandemic. What you really need to know is who I am, and what you can expect from me as your Mayor, the leader of our city.
I’m proud of my track record of transparency and accountability while on City Council, and I will continue to live by these values as your Mayor. I will lead by example to set this standard for Council and Administration. We may not always agree, but you’ll always know where I stand and why.
I have a long-standing reputation of being a straight-shooter and standing by what I know is right. I did it when I pushed for the decommissioning of our expensive trolley system. I did it when I advocated for a self-sustaining investment in our downtown core and new arena. I did it when I led the development of the neighborhood renewal program that is still improving our city today. And I did it when I put my election on the line for the municipal airport closure, which was the right thing to do for Edmonton taxpayers, and made buildings like Stantec Tower possible in our downtown.
This is who I am.
As I’ve been looking at ways to implement transparency and accountability as a standard for our city government, I noticed that it can be difficult to follow the trail of key government decisions.
An essential part of transparency and accountability is the availability of information to our voting public. I have two simple but bold ideas about how we can make it easier for you to see what’s happening in real time:
Throughout my career—in politics, with my businesses, and with my volunteer initiatives—I have a record of finding solutions by bringing the full range of stakeholders together so all concerns and views can be heard. This is how we arrive at balanced solutions to the problems we face.
There are three ways I will formalize this approach as your leader:
I know this is top of mind for many Edmontonians right now. As we emerge from the pandemic, many residents and businesses are struggling to make ends meet. At the same time, constrained government budgets are expected to get even tighter, and we’ll all be asked to do more with less.
We need a balanced and realistic approach to the management of our city’s books.
We need data-driven decision-making.
And yes, we’ll need to make some tough choices.
My track record on all of these things speaks for itself—one I would continue to build on as your next Mayor.
So how do we navigate all of this?
I know the path to prosperity in our city means ensuring that all Edmontonians can have a home, build a life and see a future here. In every discussion, as we tackle every challenge, you need a Mayor who asks: Who are we excluding? Who else do we need to hear from?
I know the City of Edmonton has a robust Inclusion and Diversity policy. Over the next four years, it will be up to our Mayor and Council to make sure that those actions are being taken and that we’re achieving these important objectives.
Your city government plays a key role in bringing communities together and finding new ways to remove barriers and promote inclusivity.
As you head to the polls to have your voice heard and choose Edmonton’s next Mayor, I hope my leadership commitments resonate with you, and help you understand who I am, what I stand for, and how I’ll lead our great city.