Calgary elects first Muslim mayor, Naheed Nenshi

Stephen Mandel re-elected in Edmonton


 

One of Alberta’s two biggest cities has a new mayor, while the other has re-elected the incumbent. Naheed Nenshi, a 38-year-old Harvard-educated business professor from Mount Royal University is Calgary’s new mayor. Nenshi will be the first Muslim-Canadian to ever run a major city. He earned 40 per cent of the votes, defeating Councilor Ric McIver and former news anchor Barb Higgins in a three-way race. His platform based was based on limiting urban sprawl and protecting the environment. Voter turnout in Calgary was 53 per cent. In Edmonton, Mayor Stephen Mandel was easily re-elected with 55 per cent of the vote. David Dorward came second with 30 per cent of the vote.

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Calgary elects first Muslim mayor, Naheed Nenshi

  1. PUMPEDD

  2. I am so happy, he is wonderful, I am not surprised he got in!

    • Me too, Claudia! Let's hope he lives up to his potential. It was exciting to watch Nenshi take the lead as the votes were counted last night.

      • I know, I am getting my purple cowboy hat. It really was exciting, I think he will do will but will be rookie mistakes!

        • oops, I meant well…

          • Hahaha, I was doing the same thing….

          • Found them, in a promotional marketing site, I was just thinking to get lots of them made and give them out. I am in advertising and we are always giving things away.
            http://www.identity-links.com/hats-n-caps/cowboy-

          • Its too bad that you have to buy 50+ of something to get a reasonable deal. We ran across that same problem when we were trying to find a supplier for shirts / hoodies for our student club.

            Now, if I can only convince CafePress to sell cowboy hats…

  3. "Nenshi will be the first Muslim-Canadian to ever run a major city"

    Henceforth I would like to be referred to as a Christian(ish)-Canadian.

    • I'm debating between "Indifferent-Canadian" and "Apathetic-Canadian" myself.

    • Well, at least they didn't elect an Irish-Catholic! ;)

      • why is that?

  4. perfect

  5. No kidding, we should send him some adult diapers with a purple cowboy h

    • oops, hat…I am having one of those days, too excited, hahaha…

      • Congratulations on your guy winning last night, CL.

        • Thanks!!

    • do you know islam? do you know what is in it's text? did you know that the crazy "radical" muslims are actually practicing there faith right to a "T"? i am sure nenshie won't do what major nadal hasan did at fort hood ,ro the crotch bomber tried to do at christimas , but i think he want's what is good for calgary ..however the environment is a poor left wing retard excuse at feeling important . We all know that dumping toxic ate into an ocean is wrong …but recycling causes more polution than if you just let it biodegrade on it's own , so we save a few tree's bla bla …tree's are a renewable resource lok at new zeland !!! anyway congrat's on stuffing a socialist left wing eco retard in the mayors seat …i hope he listens to the people!

  6. This whole side conversation bothers me as much today as it did last night when I was watching Minister Kenny's Twitter feed. I simply do not understand why his religion, or his ethnicity, or the colour of his skin, matters at all. As I mentioned last night, Calgarians did not elect the man based on the colour of his skin, they elected him based on his ideas, and his cult of personality.

    Frankly, I think that the fact that this is even an issue reflects poorly on Canadians.

    • Agreed!

    • Religion informs morals. Morals matter as to character. No one is talking about skin colour — Muslim is not any one colour. In fact, he's referred to as Muslim-Canadian, whereas anyone else of any other ethnicity would be referred to by their ethnicity and NOT their religion (ex. Italian-Canadian, Portuguese-Canadian, etc). I'm interested in why Nenshi's religion takes precedence over his ethnicity. Does he describe himself as Muslim-Canadian?

      • Certainly if a person is going to identify themselves with a particular faith, one would think that they would follow its tenets, but that is clearly not the case in the vast majority of cases. It is therefore not reasonable to make the connection that all politicians, that are member of X faith, believe X and will do X. Religions are inconsistent; followers even more so. Just look at the Christians in this country, as an example.

        Or, better yet, look at the Catholics. Because if all those who claim to be practitioners actually abided by the rules of the faith, then Paul Martin does not exist.

        No one is talking about skin colour — Muslim is not any one colour.

        Plenty of people are. Mostly outside of Calgary. Inside Calgary the only people talking about it are the-sky-is-falling Christians, bleating about the brown mayor bringing Armageddon. But those are few and far between. To the vast majority, it isn't even an issue.

        In fact, he's referred to as Muslim-Canadian, whereas anyone else of any other ethnicity would be referred to by their ethnicity and NOT their religion (ex. Italian-Canadian, Portuguese-Canadian, etc). I'm interested in why Nenshi's religion takes precedence over his ethnicity.

        I would suspect it is because he was born in Canada. Or, it could be because Tanzanian-Canadian doesn't really flow off the tongue. Or, it could be because he's not dark enough to fit the African-Canadian preconception. Or, it could be because Muslim is often used as a placeholder for Arabic.

        Or, who cares. He's a Canadian-Canadian, who happens to be a member of the Ismaili Muslim faith. He did not campaign on his faith. He didn't bring it up, and neither did anyone else (before the election). Because it does not matter, and is not relevant.

        • "Certainly if a person is going to identify themselves with a particular faith, one would think that they would follow its tenets, but that is clearly not the case in the vast majority of cases."

          Stating opinion in place of factum doesn't move me. Islam has remained immutable since its 7th century inception. Islam is not Christianity or Judaism, two Abrahamic religions that have succumbed to secularism in part because of the admission from theologions and the like that the Bible and Torah are not meant to be taken literally due to the nature of their assemblage. The Koran is the word of Mohammad, prophet of Allah, full stop. It shall not be altered. So, no, it is not reasonable to apply what we know of Christianity to Islam; it is an assumption of the uninformed to do so.

          As for your guesses about why this person goes by Muslim Canadian, I'm not interested in that. I only bring it up because Muslims tend to discard their nationality, placing their Muslim identity at the fore.

          • Islam has remained immutable since its 7th century inception.

            What Islam is or isn't doesn't change the fact that people rarely follow the true tenets of their faith. Inconsistency is part of the game.

            As for your guesses about why this person goes by Muslim Canadian…

            There is no evidence to support your claim that he 'goes by Muslim Canadian.' I will state this once more for you: His religion was not part of his campaign. It was not discussed by Mr. Nenshi, his campaign, the vast majority of Calgarians, or the local media. It is now being discussed, but not (to my knowledge) by him, or his campaign. And the only people for whom it is an issue are the national media, and people who always have an issue with Muslims.

            But, you know, its entirely possible that this is just another step in the silent jihad, and that his ultimate goal is to force Calgarian women to wear burkas. I very much doubt it, but it appears to be the prevailing opinion of the crowd that hates Nenshi because they don't trust Muslims. I wonder, though, if it does turn out that this guy is one of the mystical 'moderate Muslim' immigrants (well, second generation Canadian) who have integrated into Canadian culture, will they change their minds?

            Or will they just continue to be bigoted f**ks, who see through the Muslim conspiracy?

          • "What Islam is or isn't doesn't change the fact that people rarely follow the true tenets of their faith."

            This is a broad, sweeping statement about religion in general. We are talking about Islam, which has never been divorced from government since its inception. So that people follow its tenets directly or indirectly is not a matter of choice — it is enforced by the law. This is why people are stoned to death for domestic issues like cheating on their spouses. The indoctrination from birth also makes it difficult for Muslims to shake off their beliefs once in another land.

            Also, my original question remains unanswered. Does he refer to himself as such or is this media inspired? That's all I want to know.

            I find it ultimately puzzling that you find asserting accurate truths about Nenshi to "reflect poorly on Canadians" when Canadians are the ones who voted him into office in the first place. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

          • Also, my original question remains unanswered. Does he refer to himself as such or is this media inspired? That's all I want to know.

            From the article I linked previously:

            Here in town, during Mr. Nenshi's five-month drive to the mayor's chair, which catapulted him from a feeble 8% popularity just one month ago, 35% behind front-runner Ric McIver, to victory this week, the subject of his Ismaili heritage and his chestnut hue was scarcely mentioned.

            Mr. Nenshi briefly alluded to it — once: early in the campaign some vandals broke a window in his campaign office and tore down some signs. On Sept. 11. His spokesman only called it “highly unusual.” Calgarians seemed largely unperturbed; the incident was shortly forgotten.

            Since he doesn't talk about it, I think that's as much of an answer as you're going to get.

            I find it ultimately puzzling that you find asserting accurate truths about Nenshi to "reflect poorly on Canadians" when Canadians are the ones who voted him into office in the first place. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

            Canadians did not; Calgarians did. And Calgarians were not the ones who brought up his religion or ethnicity – that was the rest of Canada. To the Calgarians that voted for him, his religion and ethnicity are irrelevant. Given the reaction from the rest of Canada, this wouldn't be the case if the rest of you had a choice in the matter. That's what reflects poorly on Canadians.

          • "Canadians did not; Calgarians did"

            "To the Calgarians that voted for him, his religion and ethnicity are irrelevant. Given the reaction from the rest of Canada, this wouldn't be the case if the rest of you had a choice in the matter."

            While you are busy pointing fingers at the sight unseen bigots you imagine are interesting in Nenshi's "skin colour," you might take time out to consider how this rant on Canadians v. Calgarians makes you look re: bigotry. Stinks of elitist classism to me, and I would bet money on the fact thst voters were turned on by the idea of voting for someone whose skin colour you deem unfit to observe by Canadians, but perfectly fit for you to harp on and on about. Accurately portraying the truths about a human being IS NOT BIGOTED. So take off your rose coloured glasses, stop claiming colourblindness and cultural relativism, and wake up. Your nose in the air elitism reflects poorly on you, but I will not paint other Calgarians as being like you because I don't know all Calgarians. Thanks for playing, though.

          • I would bet money on the fact thst voters were turned on by the idea of voting for someone whose skin colour you deem unfit to observe by Canadians

            And that's just as bad.

            Another interesting article. This one from the Calgary Herald (not exactly a bastion of elitist, lefty groupthink).

            Thanks for playing, though.

            You are quite welcome. Although, I would make the comment that what you call a rant, has nothing on the wall of text you provided in response.

    • Nenshi was my second choice, and as we have a first past the post electoral system he won, just like Ed Stelmach. If voters had to put their second choice on the ballot, Rick Mciver would have won. Barb Higgins split the vote and Nenshi came up the middle. He ran an excellent campaign and engaged young voters but he never would have won if Barb Higgins hadn't ran.

  7. Maybe he can do a great job in spite of what he calls himself.

  8. Why would Steyn crap his pants .It actually reinforces his opinions.

    • "It actually reinforces his opinions."

      In what way does it reinforce his opinions, my friend?

      • Presumably, it will be evidence that we are on our way to Sharia law, so he might even sell a few more books out of the deal.

        • not sharia in your or my lifetime but perhaps in your kids kids lifetime…..if canadians do not have kids and the new canadians we immigrate here enmass then our culture will by default be replaced by the new commers it is that simple and the left tards seem to think canada is over populated and that abortion is good ….why don't you ask nenshi how he feels about abortion? or gay right's ? or womens right's ? lol …ohh wait it doesn't matter what he say's http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Lying_for_Islam so get ready for about twenty years down the road !!! Mark is right on the money ..is naheed a radical i doubt it …but we won't know for sure unless he blows himself up or randomly shoot's innocent people like john allen mohammed also a muslim but eh they are just random !!

  9. Don't you mean his conspiracy theory?

    • That was supposed to be in response to Michael re Steyn. Look up…

      • Way up.

  10. He's an Ishmaili Muslim apparently, not the 'strap bombs to your children & kill people' type of Muslim. Unfortunately they're only a tiny minority of Muslims and are therefore actively killed by the majority.

    • Don't start.

      • Actually, that was informative. Islam has fractured into disparate sects (Sunni, Shi'ite, etc) and the less fundamentalist groups are often targeted by the theocratic majority. So it i heartening to know he doesn't take his religion literally and he should be granted the full protection of Her Majesty's servants to make sure he isn't targeted by extremists.

  11. Anyway, he's moderate.

  12. Will we ever grow up as a country and stop with the "First Whatever-Canadian" to achieve whatever? It is very hard to smugly suggest that we are past this nonsense when we never seem to be past this nonsense.

    • I agree who cares what who is ..you know morgan freeman was asked how he felt about black history month he said it was stupid and he wanted it to end …the reported said how will anyone ever get past the racial barrieres …he said stop talking about them. he absolutley hates the term such and such american …as i do hate such and such canadian drop it leti t go!!!

    • it takes a serious patriotic bend of mind to say "I am Canadian." and mean it when really the culture of birth is too deeply entrenched in the mind. and muslims, whatever sect they belong to are ingrained and indoctrinated to an unprecedented level, as opposed to other religions. however, this does not mean other immigrants coming into Canada are any better. No one is willing to give up their culture for any reason so we are stuck with the "First Whatever-Canadian" mode of identification. Until he can get over that his first priority will be to strengthen his community's foothold in the power balance of the system and then bring more of his people into the system they can change the system to their liking. in the muslim community, togetherness and peace means muslims only. every other community/ethnicity works with every other community/ethnicity to make a whole. We call it "multiculturalism" here in Canada. Things are going to change drastically, starting in Alberta.

      • "Until he can get over that his first priority will be to strengthen his community's foothold in the power balance of the system and then bring more of his people into the system they can change the system to their liking. in the muslim community, togetherness and peace means muslims only."

        This is why this "Who cares about someone's religious beliefs?" nonsense is just that. If we examine the ideology, we know what you've said is bang on. The Koran is explicit — take not Christians or Jews of unbelievers are your friends; strike off the heads of the unbelievers wherever you find them; the continuous and repeated commandments on making war in Dar al Harb. Most importantly, in a democracy, population counts. Muslim women bear 5x the number of children than the average Westerner. So colonization is acheived by a matter of one or two generations — that's it.

        • it is happening in Europe. i hope it can stopped before it happens here! I love Canada too much!!

          • You two are idiots. Quit telling each other scary woo-woo stories. You are completely ignorant about Islam and about reality in general.

  13. I am so proud to know this man, Naheed Nenshi. He was by far the best professor I have ever had; I feel lucky to have had him teach me at MRC; he inspired and challenged me. Raised in Calgary but living in Toronto now, I am so happy and excited about Calgary's future. The time is right for a breath of fresh air within Calgary's municipality.

  14. And so it starts.

    • …….Turnout in Calgary hadn't been that high since 1977 ..The youth were incredibly engaged and voted…(in some cases en masse)………..I hope if anything has started it is the engagement of our youth in politics ….

      • i hope so too! we need new fresh minds to get the ball rolling in a new direction. the folks already deeply entrenched in the political system seem completely unable to think up to the inner wall of the box, forget outside it! for now we have to see how will integrated/assimilated this new mayor really is. keeping fingers crossed! :-)

  15. I Think Canada is a great country and Calgary a great city. I am proud to have a Muslim leader such great news.

  16. Muslims in Canada are Muslims first and Canadian second, but this time thet facts he is a muslim is not as
    disturbing as fact that he is a liberal !
    Look at the Ontario, look how this province is ruined by libtards, we have higher debt per resident than California!!
    Libtards shows a destructuive power wherever thay appear. I'm afraid that Alberta may expoerience an economical massacre soon.

    • Hey, let's play a fun game. The game is that we pretend that this isn't the third 'liberal' mayor, in a row, for Calgary. The previous one ran as a Liberal Party candidate in a Federal election for frack's sake. The one before that is a card holding, dues paying, liberal as well. Shock and awe.

      Jesus Christ on a cracker, folks. The guy is just the mayor. The mayor is just an extra Alderman who chairs the meetings and puts white cowboy hats on famous people. It isn't as if this guy has the power to pull down all the churches, and make you join in on the Satanic Orgies. Get a grip people.

      • Ralph Klein was originally a Liberal, too. And if any mayor in Calgary's history was ever going to force people to join in on orgies, it would have been Ralph….

        • I suspect that His Majesty's orgies would have involved far more alcohol than those of our new Islamic-Canadian overlord. And, Bumfights clips continually streamed from YouTube.

    • You think Nenshi is a Liberal??……..

      • Analysis of his campaign and all ppl. and institutions that supported him brings some interesting results…
        He portrayed himself as close-to-conservative candidate (with some tax-cut plans) but all entities that backed him up would never support true conservative, so there is smth unclear here…

    • Get a life..

  17. But I thought the west was intolerant hillbillies? That's what we hear over and over again….

    • Exactly, I feel like the rest of Canada's reaction to this is more telling of what their misconceptions are, than of anything that speaks to directly Calgary's character… I mean hell, we elected him, didn't we?

      Have fun with Rob Ford, Toronto.

  18. Would headlines have read "Calgary elects Christian Mayor.."? Seriously, the focus should be on the campaign, the platform and what he is able to do as mayor. It is time for the world to focus on ability of the candidate, not their religious beliefs, not the colour of their skin or their gender, orientation etc…

    • Well said – I suspect the Liberal/so called 'political junkie' side simply have a mind set
      that makes most 'dyed in the wool bigots' look like amateurs. Calgary elected the person
      they thought best for the job. There may have been some demographics involved
      and the runner up was not hugely behind. So what? That is what the opportunity to vote
      is all about. His religion was not even an issue. If Calgarians approve/don't approve of
      how he runs the city – they can and will vote at the next election. Personally, I hope
      he does a great job and his religion is not a factor to me.

      And in reponse to some of the comments – suprise – there are real cowboys in the West.
      They actually work on ranches and have a lifestyle. They are not afraid of an open horizon
      and a large sky – unlike the narrow vertical thinkers in their concrete canyons…. interestingly
      enough – Quebec has a very active rodeo/cowboy association as well.

  19. Nonsense.

  20. okay okay enough said on this pathetic non news item!

  21. The problem isn't the color of his skin but the fact he's muslim. Next thing you know Canadians will take to the back seat just like muslim women.

    • There is new rule in Canadian court: woman can testify in burqua.
      The pro-sharia movement is getting stronger since canucks do not have guts to stand up and defend their own heritage and culture.
      Even France, the subject for jokes in Europe, started cleaning its backyard, while we are still like those frogs in slowly boiling water….

  22. Actually after some deeper digging in history ….. it seems on the surface…he is not as liberal as number of previous mayors there, but on another hand supporting lowering taxes for businesses does not make him immediately a non-liberal. His campaign was backed by Wildrose Alliance and this one had behind Calgary School and the Frasier Institute – two entities that supported all previous liberal mayors.
    Let's have hope that cowboys in Alberta will not follow Ontario Titanic.

  23. It's amazing how post-trudeupian indoctrination successfully encoded in minds that "racist society" are all
    those folks who do not share OUR ideology :)

  24. Well, it looks like the Muslims and Jews are running Alberta's biggest cities. What every happened to the Wasps?

    • cant believe what is happening in alberta….. time will soon tell if we are going to take it or not………stand up for your rights….

  25. it is a negative contribution only to you "bend-over" specialists. for the rest of us, it is simple truth. NO muslim will ever accept being anything else but muslim. you can't call me "racist" since i am from the same "race" as him. and as you mention, "Muslim is a religion, not a race," so calling anyone who speaks "against" "muslim" can't be "racist", can they!? be clear about what you want to say before making a fool of yourself on a public forum.

  26. i suppose most of the people got scared when they saw a muslim on the list! you know, if he loses… So a majority that finally voted were …muslims. and he won. is he really the best guy for the job? check out the middle east and see how good these folks are at governing their own places, and… well, i guess we'll see what happens here. here's to hoping for the best!! allah hu akbar!

    • Except that this election had the highest voter turnout in the history of the City. And that, even if every Muslim voted for him (including children), that's still less than 2% of the population. But, you're right, Silent Jihad; I have my mountain hideout, do you?

      • nope. i don't believe in hiding.

        • He doesn't come from the Middle East, he comes from Calgary. He'll do fine.

  27. No he won't. Nenshi is more western than many multi generational christian white families these days.

  28. Other than the National, this is the first place I've heard his religion brought up. I live in Calgary…

  29. yours…..you just dont know it yet……………………….but soon enough you will see………………

    • ……………………………… Really??!?!?!?!?! ……………………………. Do tell……………………………

  30. OK Now they need a jewich mayor in Edmonton.

    • Only if you promise to learn how to spell 'Jewish' first.

  31. alllah hu akbar allah hu akar.

  32. I would like to know when I want to bring a Ribfest featuring local grown pork to Calgary how the local beef marketing boards react to a Muslim Mayor and Muslim anti -pork take on meat.