Redford, Iveson and Nenshi talk future over breakfast
Premier Alison Redford sat down for a business breakfast with newly elected mayors Don Iveson and Naheed Nenshi Saturday morning.
After Redford congratulated the two men on their sweeping victories in Edmonton and Calgary, the three talked about their political goals for the months to come.
The discussion included the possibility of a big cities charter, which would allow the two mayors more control over taxes and spending, trade, and rapid transit within their cities.
The three politicians also discussed the future of post-secondary education in the province.
“We had a chance to talk about a number of different issues,” said Iveson.
“One that … I talked about a great deal during my election campaign was timely completion of the rapid transit systems in both cities.”
Afterwards, both mayors agreed the meeting was an important first step for the province.
“We didn't get to get into great detail on these items,” he said, “but I'm reassured that there's a very positive working relationship, mutual understanding, and agreement for the high aspiration that Edmonton has, that Calgary has, and that this great province has.”
“For me, it was very useful to have this time to catch up on a few files and make sure we’re all on the same page on these,” said Nenshi. “And I think it was great to have Don have that opportunity as well. And hopefully this is something we’ll be able to continue.”
Premier Redford also spoke positively about the meeting.
“We are always stronger when we work together and I think this morning was a time when we acknowledged that, and I’m looking forward to how we’re going to be able to do that.”