Even though no one in the crowd is old enough to vote, six candidates for Calgary mayor made their campaign pitches today at a Forest Lawn junior high school.
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Students at Ian Bazalgette School asked questions about a number of topics, including environmental issues but also whether Calgary needs more skateboard parks.
Incumbent Naheed Nenshi said the students were impressive.
"When they were asking questions about environmental sustainability, about how taxes can or can not pay for required infrastructure, about urban sprawl — wow — these kids are smart and they understand the issues really well," he said.
Grade 9 student Nyagoa Tut enjoyed seeing politics in the school gym.
"Like it was really cool hearing everybody's thoughts on what they're going to do, what they're going to change, what they're going to keep the same," she said.
The mayor candidates have all been invited to a forum at the Haysboro Community Hall next Thursday. While it is not a debate, the candidates will be making presentations on their platforms.
Calgarians go to the polls on Oct. 21.
Nenshi's Forest Lawn promises
Naheed Nenshi is promising to make revitalizing Forest Lawn a priority if he is re-elected.
He says he will press the provincial government for a loan to kick-start the redevelop of International Avenue on 17th Avenue southeast.
Nenshi says the money would be used to create a bus rapid transitway in the area, improve the streetscape and fund cultural activities along the corridor that would later be paid back through future property tax revenues.
The same funding structure is being used in the redevelopment of the East Village.