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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."
Originally posted by snowspirit
Now, when elections come up for the Prime Minister, we need someone a little more interesting than the chubby white guy, the skinny white guy, and the other white guy...
Having been raised in Vancouver, and now living in Saskatchewan, I happen to think the "rednecks" are the fun people.
Originally posted by FoxMulder91
Personally, Ill however disagree with Calgary being "Redneck Country" Although im sure some people in Calgary wont like the results as would be the same in every city.