Dean's Platform

Support to Calgary Councillors

What is happening?

As a man who has for many decades within a military environment had to train, develop and identify people with potential leadership qualities, it is my opinion that the leadership of this present City Council has not been supporting and advising its council members adequately. When councillors do not connect on a personal basis with the people within their Wards, then I say that their leadership has lost focus on what truly matters. The people of our city are everything that makes our city such a wonderful place to live, to raise a family, and to work. A number of Councillors have not been connecting enough with their communities to see what really is happening around them.

The Mayor is the leader of our city first, but should also be a mentor to Councillors by assisting them in achieving their full leadership potential for the good and benefit of their Wards. A leader needs to help them learn effective decision-making processes, provide advice on things such as planning, organization, and problem-solving; to improve communications both verbal and nonverbal with their constituents, and consistently observing in order to identify future leadership potential for specific future tasks. These are just a few qualities of good leadership.

What I have seen over the past few years has not been good or quality leadership.

What should be happening?

How are we going to make that happen?

There are many of quality character attributes required to become a good leader. However, I can say this: “All the education in the world; books; lectures; and presentations will not prepare you for true leadership if you have not been tested under extreme pressure”. If I’m elected as your Mayor I will be drawing upon 56 years of life experience and over three decades of tested leadership experience, acquired from some of the most stressful and dangerous environments imaginable. I will be supporting the new and experienced council members in every aspect of their professional development and journey. As a Leader, I am nothing like anyone our city has seen before. After the elections have concluded it will take time for the Council to develop as a cohesive group of leaders. I would ask for your patience as 14 councillors will need time to adjust to the new style of leadership that will come to City Hall. This can only happen with your support to my campaign.

Councilor's Golden Pensions

Please go to this link to find out what is occurring now. I would highly advise you to become informed.

What is happening?

What should be happening?

Council voted recently against any future City Mayor receiving a Second Council Pension which is referred to as the ‘Golden Pension’. The current Mayor agreed to this, but only after receiving the benefits of this policy for most of the next ten years. He has agreed that it’s time to stop this practice once this term of office is completed. Now it’s obvious why he would take that approach!

After investigating the link above, I would like to see our current Councillors entitled to a similar pension scheme as the City’s Administrators and City’s Workers, instead of having ‘Golden Pensions’ too. I feel that would be the ethical approach particularly with the current economic situation.

As you get better acquainted with me over the first 6 months you will realize that I am a man who has and will always lead by example. I do not expect anyone to do anything I would not be prepared to do myself; that is just one of many attributes of a good leader. My decision to run for public office has never been about financial gain and it does not motivate me in this journey. In fact it’s the furthest thought in my mind, even today. I have no clue what the Mayor’s annual salary is. If you elect me into public office only then will I take an interest in that subject.

It is my intention, should I be given the opportunity to become your Mayor, is to bring a motion to the new council that for the duration of the 4-year term in public office that all members of City Council accept the same pension scheme offered to city workers and administrators. This would mean no ‘Golden Pensions’.

I am not a wealthy man but because of my code of ethics and morals, I would not be comfortable with personally taking a double pension. Should the new Council vote against this proposal then as your Mayor and the leader of our city I will still not accept the Mayor’s Golden Pension during my 4-year term of public office and will only accept a similar pension plan that city workers and administrators are offered.

How are we going to make that happen?