Keating’s Friday Short Blog: Council Support
The Manning Centre released a report last month, “Calgary City Council Performance Report: The Democratic Toolbox 2.0”. The report is filled with lots of statistical analysis of city council meeting minutes. Figure A1 of the report portrays the “general win rate for each council member” reflecting Council’s support for different Councillors.
During the November 2013 election, my opponent questioned whether or not I could secure support from Council Members for Ward 12 projects, specifically, the Southeast Transitway/Southeast LRT. It’s important to have a grasp of the complexities of policies, and to have an awareness of the risks and potential rewards of implementing change. Bad decisions can undermine years of hard work and thousands of tax dollars that Calgarians have invested.
As a legislator, I also know that a single Councillor cannot act alone. A Councillor must be able to gain the trust of fellow members to achieve a majority of positive votes. I think this data speaks to my ability to work with Council. Since 2010, this support has helped Ward 12 receive funding for a number of projects including three new recreation facilities (Quarry Park, 2015; Great Plains, 2015; and Seton, 2017), $12 million to complete the pre-engineering study for SETWAY, another $400 to build the SETWAY/SE LRT, and another 120 million in BCF funding.
This figure is from the Manning Centre Report – Calgary City Council Performance Report: The Democratic Toolbox 2.0: Figure A1 (2014)