Thursday, October 8, 2015

Cities Matter. Does Your Federal Candidate Agree?


The Federal Election is just around the corner with Election Day being on Monday, Oct. 19. This has been an exciting race to watch with the top national parties (Liberal, NDP, Conservative, Green) keeping up with each other in the polls and receiving a great deal of media coverage. But where do these parties stand on issues and concerns that matter most to our cities? Citiesmatter.ca is an online platform that will help us find out.

Launched in 2011, Citiesmatter.ca is now in its fifth iteration, with this being the first time the platform has been used to question parties and candidates running in a federal election. Through this method of asking political parties questions regarding their policy positions in specific areas, Calgary (and Canadian cities) get the attention of future decision makers, and a public service is provided to citizens by creating a forum to highlight and contrast policies and visions.

The nine questions published on the site are supported by links to City of Calgary initiatives and other sources to better inform the public and decision makers on the issues that affect our community and municipalities as a whole. Topics range from investing in public transit to repairing and building critical infrastructure to creating affordable housing (among other critical issues). The site is also used to spark debate within the public realm, encourage our citizens to get more engaged on issues, encourage voter turn-out, and generate media coverage of federal issues affecting Calgary.

This latest Federal Election 2015 version of citiesmatter.ca officially launched Thursday, Oct. 8. Citizens are encouraged to take a look at it to gain a better sense on where the national parties stand. The site is accessible now through to Election Day (and beyond in its archives).

Make sure your vote is an informed one on October 19th.

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