City of Calgary launches YYC Matters online platform in wake of writ drop

Sep 17 2019, 10:37 am

The City of Calgary has just launched an online platform that will work to inform voters and hold candidates accountable leading up to the 2019 federal election.

YYC Matters, a subsection of the city’s website, was launched on September 12 — just one day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the election would be held on October 21.

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The platform is designed to provide a place for Calgarians to inform themselves on the key issues at play for the city on a federal level, as well as providing answers from candidates within YYC.

“This advocacy campaign is two things. First, it’s a research tool for Calgarians to help them see what the parties have planned for our city,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi in a release. “Second, this is an accountability tool, so whichever party leads Canada after this election will be on the record about their commitments.”

The questions that YYC Matters has sent to candidates fall under three main categories, according to the city’s website: promoting economic recovery, honouring commitments, and supporting Calgarians.

Here’s the list of questions that will be sent out to candidates in the lead up to October 21:

Strategy for supporting Calgary’s recovery

Q. What is your party’s strategy to support Calgary’s recovery as we reshape our future?

Supporting our responsible energy industry

Q. What will your party do to support our responsible energy industry and ensure our resources get the best price?

Clear and fair regulatory review process for infrastructure

Q. What will your party do to establish clarity and certainty in regulatory processes for timely decisions on critical Canadian infrastructure projects in the public interest?

Improving federal-municipal relations

Q. What is your party’s plan for building strong cities in Canada?

Investing in public infrastructure

Q. Does your party commit to funding a portion of the construction of these important community facilities?

​​Immigration as a driver of economic growth

Q. What is your party’s position on immigration to Canada, and how will you ensure cities see the benefits of this immigration?

Q. How will you ensure municipalities have access to the best employees and protect them from legislation like Quebec’s Bill 21?

Permanent, higher funding for infrastructure from the Gas Tax Fund

Q. Does your party support existing (Gas Tax Fund) or other mechanisms to directly and permanently fund the renewal and construction of municipal infrastructure?

Fair share of cannabis revenue

Q. How will your party ensure that cities actually receive the federal funds needed to cover the administration and enforcement costs of legalization?

Public transit funding

Q. How will your party support long-term transit funding to build and extend transit in Calgary?

Mental health and addictions

Q. What is your party’s plan to address this crisis?

Q. Will your party commit to high-level federal representation on Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction Strategy?

Made-in-Alberta mortgage rules

Q. Does your party support creating market- and regionally-specific mortgage rules?

The site states that party answers will be added to the site on October 11.

Of course, if Calgarians have any questions that are not being covered on YYC Matters, they are encouraged to ask candidates themselves.

“When the candidates come to your door, tell them to get to the facts,” Nenshi said in the release.

“Simply ask them, ‘What is your plan for Calgary?’”