Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi looks back at 2014

CBC Calgary’s supperhour news anchor Rob Brown sat down for a one-on-one interview with Mayor Naheed Nenshi to talk about everything from politics to safety to his personal life.

CBC Calgary co-anchor Rob Brown gets some surprising answers during year-end interview

'I am an ethnic minority, a straight man who is not married who everyone thinks is gay -- none of that matters," Calgary's mayor tells CBC Calgary co-anchor Rob Brown during his year-end interview. 6:14

It's no secret — Naheed Nenshi likes to talk.

As a former professor turned politician he knows how to deliver a speech that people will listen to.

He’s not shy about sharing his opinion.

In council chambers, he's smack dab at the centre of debate.

And when it comes to dealing with the media, Calgary's mayor likes to remind reporters that he "speaks in complete sentences." 

All ideal ingredients for a long-form interview.

Nenshi is a relatively rare politician these days — one who actually answers the question asked. He had some interesting, and even surprising, answers this year. 

We talk about the possibility of Nenshi entering provincial politics.

He explains his personal reasons for remaining silent about young Calgary men fighting and dying for ISIS.

He also touches on his own sexuality while making an impassioned point about gay-straight alliances.

About the Author

Rob Brown

CBC Calgary co-anchor

Rob is an award-winning veteran reporter who has worked all over Western Canada. He came to CBC Calgary in September 2013. Watch Rob on-air weekdays on CBC Calgary News at 6.


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