What would each of the three leading mayoral candidates consider to be a fair deal?

Bill Smith

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Up to $1.3 BILLION - multiple times the City's proposal

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Bill Smith refuses to say what he considers to be a fair deal. He’s even said that he’s willing to consider the CalgaryNext proposal which would cost taxpayers $1.3 billion.

“Smith went on to say that the CalgaryNEXT deal is still on the table, and no one has talked about it. He said CalgaryNEXT was a very interesting proposal, especially because it included a fieldhouse – but he wouldn't say what proposal he preferred.” - Metro

Naheed Nenshi

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Supports the City's proposal of 1/3 City, 1/3 users, 1/3 Flames owners

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Naheed Nenshi supports the City's proposal where the Flames ownership and the users of the arena would each pay ⅓ of the cost, or $185 million each. The owners of the Flames would pay property tax like every other for-profit business, which would be used to help pay the cost of the city services needed to support the arena (transit, street cleaning, policing, etc).

“Throughout this entire process, The City has negotiated in good faith and always been very up front with CSEC. The City has not left the table and is prepared to continue negotiations. I’m very pleased that we are also sharing this with citizens, and I look forward to hearing feedback that I hope will also support future negotiations.” - Naheed Nenshi

Andre Chabot

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Supports modified version of City proposal

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Andre Chabot has supported the proposal made by City Council to the Flames. Chabot has since proposed that the City own the arena along with private investors and the Flames would pay rent. He has not specified a dollar amount.

“I’m not going to suggest that I have all the ideas ironed out – I’m essentially throwing out an idea...” - Andre Chabot, Metro

The Flames owners have proposed an arena deal where the City pays $280M (50%), the users pay $150M (27%) - paid upfront by the City, and the owners pay $125M (22%). The City would receive no revenue from the arena (no property tax or rent). Is this fair?

Bill Smith

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For some strange reason, he refuses to say until AFTER the election

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Bill Smith refuses to answer this question. He won’t say how much of your tax money he is willing to give to the owners of the Flames. Nor will he say how much he would increase your property taxes for an arena. Shouldn’t taxpayers know where he stands? What is he hiding?

“Days after the Flames released their dead arena deal details, and with the city's proposal long thrust out into the open, mayoral candidate Bill Smith is still silent on what his fair crack at building a new facility would look like.” - Metro

Naheed Nenshi

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Sorry, no

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Naheed Nenshi has said the Flames owner’s proposal is unacceptable and is a bad deal for taxpayers. He has also said that the city is still at the table and ready to negotiate. Any deal for public money must have public benefit.

“In their proposal they pay zero rent, zero property tax, and they get 100 per cent of all of the revenues from all sporting events, concerts and special events. I'm not sure where that turns into a 50/50 partnership." - Naheed Nenshi

Andre Chabot

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Sorry, no

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Andre Chabot has said the Flames owner’s proposal is unacceptable and is a bad deal for taxpayers.

"It's one thing to say you want your cake and you want to eat it too, but you're asking us to spoon-feed it to you. It would be an insult to Calgarians for us to foot that much of the bill without some sort of recovery from it whether that be through taxes or rent, or something." - Andre Chabot

Who is funding the three leading mayoral candidates in Calgary’s upcoming election?

Bill Smith

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We don't know who funds Smith

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Bill refuses to release his donor list until 6 MONTHS AFTER the election.

Bill Smith refuses to disclose his donors before the election, so there is no way for Calgarians to know if he is being funded by special interests, including the owners of the Flames.

“Smith has said he will not provide a public account of who is donating to his campaign until after the election.” - CBC News

Naheed Nenshi

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Over 2,100 donors so far!

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Naheed has released his donor list to the public BEFORE the election.

Naheed Nenshi disclosed his donors on Nomination Day and has promised to update his list by Election Day.

“I have consistently advocated for stronger rules and I have ran all my campaigns as if stricter rules are in place. I continue to believe that political campaigns should be about the best ideas, not who has the most money.” - Naheed Nenshi

Andre Chabot

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We don't know who funds Andre Chabot

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Andre says he may disclose SOME donors before the election, but some large donors want anonymity.

Andre Chabot says that he may or may not disclose his donors. He hasn’t decided yet. If he discloses, he won’t disclose the donors who asked to keep their names secret.

"I may release some of the smaller donors, but there are some specific donors who asked not to be revealed," said Chabot. "I might reveal my entire list, with the exception of those few that said not to." - Metro Calgary

Which candidate has offered a comprehensive vision for a new cultural and entertainment district, that would be home for a new arena?

Bill Smith

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He has said NOTHING other than he’s willing to consider a proposal which would cost taxpayers $1.3 billion.

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Bill Smith refuses to answer this question. He won’t say how much of your tax money he is willing to give to the owners of the Flames. Nor will he say how much he would increase your property taxes for an arena. Shouldn’t taxpayers know where he stands? What is he hiding?

"I'll get a deal done," said Smith after being asked how Calgarians could decide on a mayoral candidate who won't speak about deal details while they're running." - Metro

Naheed Nenshi

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Has a comprehensive plan for a sports, cultural & entertainment district.

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Naheed Nenshi has offered a comprehensive vision of a Cultural and Entertainment District, building on the success of the East Village. It would include an expanded BMO Convention Centre, an expanded Arts Commons and a redeveloped Victoria Park.

“The Rivers District, which includes the East Village, Victoria Park, and the eastern parts of Downtown, can become the heart of our entertainment and cultural lives. A place were Calgarians and visitors can live, work and play." - Naheed Nenshi

Andre Chabot

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Supports an arena in the East Village.

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Andre Chabot supports the East Village arena proposal, and also supports the concept of an arts and entertainment district in the Rivers District.

"This is a decision that council’s already decided we’re going to move forward with is the new entertainment district.” - Calgary Herald


We know Naheed Nenshi is running for ALL Calgarians, from all backgrounds and walks of life. Who is Bill Smith running for?