posted on Oct, 19 2010 @ 08:30 PM
Probably the biggest stunner in Alberta election history happened last night when Naheed Nenshi was elected Mayor of Calgary.
Political newcomer Naheed Nenshi won a dramatic see-saw battle to become Calgary's mayor Monday night, capping a stunning rise that saw the
business professor climb from the pack's fringes to the city's top job. Nenshi, 38, originally considered a long shot, defeated longtime alderman Ric
McIver and former TV anchor Barb Higgins in a race that attracted voters in droves.
A son of immigrants who graduated from the prestigious American university of Harvard, Nenshi is Calgary's first visible minority mayor. He has
also become the first leader of Muslim faith to head a major Canadian city.
Political observers were stunned by his meteoric rise. "It's a Cinderella story," said Lori Williams, a political scientist at Mount Royal
University. "A lot of people thought he was too different . . . I think, though, that this reflects the diversity of the city."
Not only is Naheed Nenshi the first elected Muslim mayor in Canada, but the first one elected in Calgary- arguably the most conservative "Red-Neck"
region in Canada.
I see this as a great step forward for Canada. Canada has always considered itself a multi-cultural nation; vigorously defending the rights of all
citizens, regardless of where they came from, what they practice, and what they believe. Although there have been Muslims who have been elected to
municipal, provincial, and even federal positions, this is the first time one has been elected as head of a government of a major city.
Of course, there are a lot of people in Calgary who are appalled and see this as the end of the world, but what do you expect?
60 years ago, anyone who was a European immigrant would have held the same controversy, and only 30-40 years ago, the same could be said for women.
Indeed, times are changing
edit on 19/10/1010 by Monts because: (no reason given)