Calgary mayoral election candidates 2010: Ric McIver

Ric McIver was born in Woodstock, Ontario and moved to Calgary in 1981. After a long career in the food industry, McIver was elected as Ward 12 alderman in 2001. He was acclaimed for a second term in 2004 and re-elected in 2007.

McIver decided to run for mayor because, after nine years on Council, he considers himself qualified to step into a leadership role. McIver feels his credibility distinguishes him from other candidates, as well as a platform based on experience he had as an alderman.

“This city desperately needs someone with experience,” McIver argued. “This city can’t afford on-the-job training.”

McIver considers the relationship between City Council and post-secondary institutions and their research centres as important to all of Calgary. He believes affordable housing is the biggest issue confronting students.

McIver wants to regulate secondary suites so community environments are not compromised and estimates his policy would see approximately one in 20 buildings being rezoned as a secondary suite.

Funding a southeastern LRT line is the main pillar of his transit platform, as well as expanding LRT service to Mount Royal University. In his effort to build “complete communities,” McIver wants to increase transit services in dense neighbourhoods outside of downtown.

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