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Should Calgary follow the Manning Report Recommendations?

Calgary Municipal Election

The Manning Centre is dedicated to building Canada's conservative movement – by strengthening the knowledge, skills, ethical foundations, and networks of political practitioners1.  Their recent report on the role of municipal government in Calgary included some polarizing recommendations.

 

Calgary should follow the recommendations in the Manning Center report

The Manning Center report does not make useful recommendations

Privatization of Assets

The report suggests privatizing of municipal assets including transit, recreation centers, and golf courses2.  Many assets which belong to the City of Calgary are not being managed in the most financially responsible manner.  This is not the fault of council, but the nature of public owned resources.  Privatization of these assets would save taxpayers money and allow these assets to be managed according to market forces.

Privatization of Assets

The report suggests privatizing of municipal assets including transit, recreation centers, and golf courses2.  Public assets do make revenue for the city.  Privatization of these assets would not save Calgarians money but cost them money as costs increase as a consequence of the profit motive2.  Increased costs means reduced access, and removing access to these services for lower-income Calgarians is not good for Calgary as a whole.

Municipal Mandate

The report says that Alberta's Municipal Government Act is too loose3.  Because municipalities do not have clear direction on their mandate, they are able to spend time and money on legislature that should be left to the provincial or federal governments.  

Municipal Mandate

The report says that Alberta's Municipal Government Act is too loose3.  This "loose" mandate allows Calgary City Council to act based on the interests of Calgarians.  A more precise definition of what is in scope for the Council would only take away an avenue of discussion and change for Calgarians.

Manning Center Reputation

The Manning Center is an excellent institution that does research on behalf of Canadians and publishes that research.  This report is an example of independent hard work to find the best solution for Calgarians.

Manning Center Reputation

The Manning Center is a bias organization with pre-determined opinions.  Their research is used not to search for an answer but to justify a pre-existing conclusion.  Their political involvement, both in terms of this report and in terms of their involvement with Councillor candidates, is unwelcome.

Alternatives

The report included several recommendations.  Any individual or candidate may choose not to agree or disagree with the report as a whole but select specific opinions on any subset of recommendations.

Manning Report

Should Calgary follow the Manning report recommendations to privatize certain assets and limit the scope of Municipal engagement?

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References

1. Manning Foundation Report

2. Calgary Herald: Think-tank offers Dickensian vision for the city

3. Calgary Herald: Manning report should help launch vision of civic government's role

4. ThinkHQ: Aldermanic Candidates Shouldn't be Beholden to Developers, Manning OR the Mayor

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