Strengthening the knowledge and skills of political practitioners at the municipal level

The Need

While there are 308 elected federal officials in Canada and around 800 elected provincial/territorial officials, there are more than 25,000 elected municipal officials. Municipal politicians are not nearly as well served by think tanks, training programs, or communications support as those at the federal and provincial levels.

The Project consists of two parts:

1. Research

Our objective is to bring market-oriented ideas and principles to bear on municipal issues such as affordability, mobility, and public safety. A “market-oriented approach” means listening to and taking into account the voices and demands of Calgarians, not just as voters but also as consumers, workers, investors, producers, and taxpayers.

2. Training

We develop and offer customized training courses for those who wish to strengthen their knowledge and skills in communicating market-oriented ideas and principles in the municipal political arena. Raising the knowledge and skill levels of such practitioners, especially with respect to communications, should contribute to increasing voter turnout in municipal elections.

Q & A

Are you running a slate?

Calgarians have made clear that they do not want traditional partisan politics at the municipal level nor do they want candidates who are running on a “slate.” The Municipal Governance Project therefore aims to provide independent candidates for Council with ideas and training opportunities which they are free to use or ignore.

Is this only about Calgary?

The ideas generated by the Municipal Governance Project will be relevant not only to Calgary but also to municipal arenas across the country. Our largest meeting thus far on these ideas occurred in Ottawa in early March.

Is your goal to unseat the Mayor?

No. The objectives of the Municipal Governance Project are larger than any one campaign or candidate. While we are using Calgary as the starting point for this initiative, this project is national in scope. The Mayor of Calgary has indicated his openness to all reasonable ideas dealing with the challenges and issues facing the city and we hope that the ideas generated by this project will be seen as a positive contribution.

Do you use charitable donations?

Research undertaken by the Project will be put in the public domain for all to use; this research qualifies as a charitable activity under Canadian tax law. The delivery of training programs of this nature is not considered a charitable activity under Canadian tax law and is financed through user fees and non-charitable contributions.

Get Involved

We are inviting like-minded people from the entire cross-section of Calgary society to contribute to the discussion and the pursuit of the above objectives.