Calgary Mayor Nenshi and Flames' faceoff in stadium politics
Newly re-elected Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has won fans — and detractors — for standing his ground, and taking a cautious approach to funding a new arena for the NHL's Calgary Flames.
The NHL's Calgary Flames communications director isn't too pleased about the mayor's position.
The Flames issued a statement following the tweet that has now been deleted, saying Kelso's personal opinion didn't reflect the team's position.
"This whole ridiculously dramatic conversation about the arena plopped into the political debate. It was really clear what was going on. If you really want to have some fun, check out one of the senior VPs of the (Calgary Sport and Entertainment) CSEC's twitter feed ... nasty personal attacks against me, retweeting weird right-wing websites," Nenshi said.
Clearly, Calgary's latest municipal election got as heated — at times — as a Flames home game, and it's left some Calgarians wondering whether the home team wandered too deeply into the political process.
The NHL did not want to comment on this story and the Calgary Flames have not replied to our request.
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This segment was produced by The Current's Ines Colabrese, Mary-Catherine McIntosh and Calgary network producer Michael O'Halloran.