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Emile Gabriel

Mayoral candidate

Calgary 2021

Email: e-mail-me@telus.net

August 12, 2021

- For Immediate Release -

 

The Vital Role for The Council in The Municipal Government Under My Leadership

New management principles are emerging; some are based on the “new science” of complexity that exploits an understanding of autonomous human behaviour and building the notion of complexity into management assumptions and practices.

I have the expertise in modern management methodologies. As your new mayor, I will start making the transition to utilize such methodologies in the management of the council meetings, to:

-          Increase efficiency;

-          Improve productivity;

-          Avoid biased opinions (one of the main features of this computerized management program);

-          Make rapid and effective decisions;

-          Measure and monitor performance across city departments to maintain control of budget, improve performance and services.

This management system will give a more active role to communities’ associations, and requires councillors to spend more time communicating with their wards, conducting more town hall meetings, and using all available technologies to inform, educate and democratically represent the prevailing wishes of their wards.

As a result, this system will lead to improving efficiency, generating true collaboration among councillors and building a positive and successful relationship with our communities across the city.

The councillors can always share their point of view with their communities, but, according to this management system, a councillor would not be able to override an informed clear choice of the communities.

I have used this management system in my consultation with CEOs of large companies seeking improving efficiency and productivity. It is a management program that has different applications.

The design and the function of this modern management system, which incorporates the science of the human factor effect, will reject a vote that is not supported by evidence of informing, educating and consulting with the members of the councillor’s ward in order to identify the communities’ clear position on the issue, particularly, on major and critical issues, which their potential effect can expand citywide.

Public service is a noble cause. It means putting public interests first. As a dedicated servant, using this management system, you will receive the ultimate honour of being a role model, educator and a true “messenger”.

“Truly Represent, Build Trust …And They Will Come to Admire You”

Building a council with the attitude of serving vs. building a career

Considering the present state of the economy, many Calgarians have been facing financial difficulties.  Furthermore, many in the private sector have taken significant cuts in their salaries.

As our City Council is in a different “business”, that of SERVING others, I am leading by example and committed to:

A - Term limits of two terms.

(In my position as mayor, I will continue to advocate for term limits at the municipal level.

After a break, any member of the council can still come back and run again if they wish to do so).

B - As the new mayor, I will be accepting a principled and compassionate salary rollback of 35%.

I encourage you, as a candidate running for councillor to seriously consider taking this noble pledge, leading by example. A rollback of up 25% (I went up to 35%), which would provide you with a compensation (salary) of about $85,000 annually appears to be a reasonable salary considering that times are tough and money is tight for many Calgarians, in addition, for some of the young candidates, this is a level of pay, perhaps, they have not seen yet.

It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your desire and commitment to serving Calgarians over receiving the financial compensation.

(If we cannot live on this reduced salary, perhaps this type of service is not for you or me. A candidate running, who does not have a plan to survive after serving one or two terms, would give voters a reason to suspect that he/she “running after the money” with an intention to make a career of this political position. These intentions are increasingly becoming distasteful in the popular discourse).

C - Commitment to listening to the people, conducting more town hall meetings, informing, educating and looking for consensus or trends.

I have been campaigning during the last 4 years on social media and have built a large base of supporters, who are working now to share my message across the city

 

Voters are asking about who is willing to make a pledge to the above three commitments. A number of candidates have made publicly their commitment and I am sure more are coming.

The names of those who are like minded and will be committed to the above will be shared, including displaying the names on my website. I will also encourage all my supporters to view their websites and seriously consider them.

This mayoral race is presenting three options:

  1. Career politicians (three rookie councillors – no management experience of large corporations. No commitment to term limits or to salary cutback).

  2. The newcomers, some have, either little experience on how to manage a mega corporation such as our city of Calgary, or have good experience, some of it can be useful.

However, achieving a successful management of a growing City like Calgary will require a leader with a history of volunteering and community service, a deep understanding of our city’s main challenges and a direct relevant management experience and knowledge.

If not, unfortunately, in such a case, the city bureaucrats or some interest group will take over and run the city.

3. I represent a third option in this race, a professional manager offering a management plan, and has a history of volunteer service. Our local economy is decimated and we urgently need a plan for post-pandemic. I know how to make our city rich again, solve problems and provide well paid jobs and regain prosperity. An abundance of opportunities in a new diversified economy will be a part of my master recovery plan. This city has given me a fulfilment of my dreams and I care so much about it.

 

I have experienced the gap between two classes of the fortunate and the misfortunate, and the economic differences and struggle that exist in society consequent to socio-economic tension among different social classes or between rich and poor.

I represent the moderate and the middle ground candidate (Not leaning to the left or to the right). Based on my own personal knowledge and experience I clearly understand, and I would not ignore any social injustice. I will work towards facilitating and bringing about a balanced, equitable and fair socio-economic environment for all.

– I Am Not Beholden to Any Donor or Specific Interest Groups –

 

Therefore, when I tell you I have a plan to make life a lot better for you, I mean, for every Calgarians equally.

 

My loyalty is to all Calgarians, having their best interests at heart without partiality.

You will find me down to earth, and very friendly. It is my nature to make the job fun and rewarding.

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P.S.

You might have heard (or read) that the outgoing councillor Keating is forming a group of 4, will be collectively assessing candidates in each ward based on their financial acumen, plus their ability to solve problems and build relationships. The goal will be to raise enough money to do three mail-out campaigns for the candidates they endorse that could cost about $40,000 per candidate.

We need to ask:

- Should a group of 4 people now decide the shape of the city council?

- Who will contribute this money? What do they expect in return ($40,000 for each of the 14 candidates)?

- One of their qualifications is: “Build relationships” …with whom? Is it mainly about building relationships or diligently serving the communities and honestly representing the people?

With this new “competition”, many believe, voters would consider more the candidates who will commit to the above three principles (term limits, salary rollback and true representation).

As a result, you wouldn’t need this $40,000. Voters are becoming increasingly sick of money in politics and rejecting the notion of, “a few will decide the future of the many”. One of the side effects of the pandemic; voters are leaning more towards social media to learn about candidates vs. campaign pamphlets and street signs.

 

 

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TERM LIMITS

The Arguments Against Term Limits Are Idealistic and Loaded with Political Rubbish.

Some politicians argue: “let the election decide the limits”, or, we don’t have the legal jurisdiction to implement term limits. These lame arguments could fool a politically naïve person, but it is nothing but an attempt to evade the real issues.

The facts are:

Human nature dictates that, when one is seeking a career, their main preoccupation would be making decisions and choices to help keep and advance that career, not necessarily decisions in the public interest.

On the other hand, it is completely the opposite in the case of a person who is committed to term limits. Her/his main preoccupation will be to do a good job so they can leave behind a good legacy.

You don’t need to have the legal jurisdiction to implement term limits, you just need to make a written honest commitment to the voters.

The Reality vs. Duplicity

  1. Career politicians lean towards making policies and decisions serving those who can help them get re-elected.

  2. An incumbent seeking re-election and eyeing a career inherently has unfair advantages, including access to resources paid by taxpayers.

  3. Heavy campaign financial support continues to go to incumbents because special interest groups will continue to finance their future campaigns, providing they have them in their back pocket.

  4. Career politicians are not necessarily the best choice to manage a city. Normally, they are the candidates with the heaviest-financed campaign and largest advertising.

  5. Some career politicians say, “I’ll leave when I accomplish my goals”.

If they cannot accomplish anything within 4 or 8 years, they are not fit for the job, period.

    6. Since politics at the civic level is a highly demanding type of service, the longer the members of council stay, the more likely they would get “burnout”, or become too comfortable - Serving on council becomes just a job (not a service) - a "Sweet gig".

In such a case, some break for those who serve with honesty and sincerity is warranted. We can learn also from sport teams; a player, afterwhile, would need a break to rest and rejuvenate.

    7. Accordingly, term limits will help to get BIG money and influential interest groups out of politics.

    8. Ordinary, skilled and qualified people will have a real opportunity to run for office. They will not need to raise a huge amount of money to compete with the incumbent’s war chest.

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Emile Gabriel

Mayoral candidate

Calgary 2021

Email: e-mail-me@telus.net

July 1, 2021

- For Immediate Release -

 

Dear fellow Calgarians running for councillor in the City of Calgary,

 

It takes courage to put your name up for public service, and it takes character and more courage to do the right thing.

This upcoming civic election, as you know, is unpredictable and, categorically, is a consequential election.

Our ravaged local economy and the needed plan for post pandemic recovery will have a direct effect on the choice of new councillors, and the mayor who has the “whole package” and will be the best fit to lead our city towards economic recovery.

Why am I writing to you?

As you know, I am running for the mayor’s office, and as I did in the 2017 civic election, I continue to commit myself to:

  • Term limits.

  • Roll back in mayor’s salary.

  • Serving Calgarians, not the powerful donors or specific interest groups.

 

During the 2017 civic election, I reached out to candidates running for councillor, and even though I approached those candidates late during the campaign’s cycle, I was able to get 10 people to sign a pledge with the above three commitments.  A number of men and women who made this pledge were very close to winning,

As you can see, I am leading here by example and would like to find out if you are willing to do the same.

Let me share with you the specifics:

  1. I am committed to term limits of two terms.

(After a break, members of the council can still come back and run again if they wish to do so).

 

  1. Considering the present state of the economy, many Calgarians have been facing financial difficulties.  Additionally, many in the private sector have taken significant cuts. As the City Council is in a different “business”, that of SERVING others, I (as the new mayor) will be accepting a principled and compassionate salary reduction of 35%.

 

I would like encourage you to lead by example as well and accept a cut of 25% to demonstrate your commitment to serving Calgarians over receiving financial compensation.

 

(If we cannot live on this reduced salary, perhaps this type of service is not for you or me. A candidate running, who does not have a plan to survive after serving one or two terms, would give voters a reason to suspect that he/she “running after the money” with an intention to make a career of this political position. These intentions are increasingly becoming distasteful in the popular discourse.

 

  1. Commitment (as a councillor) to listening to the people, conducting more town hall meetings, informing, educating and looking for consensus or trends.

 

(These commitments, (in writing), would also give you an advantage over the incumbent).

This invitation is intended for the candidates running for councillor. Your response would help voters to shortlist candidates.

I will share on my website the names of those who are like minded and WILL BE committed to the above, and I will encourage all my supporters to view their websites and seriously consider them.

 

TERM LIMITS

The Arguments Against Term Limits Are Idealistic and Loaded with Political Rubbish.

Some politicians argue: “let the election decide the limits”, or, we don’t have the legal jurisdiction to implement term limits. These lame arguments could fool a politically naïve person, but it is nothing but an attempt to evade the real issues.

The facts are:

Human nature dictates that, when one is seeking a career, their main preoccupation would be making decisions and choices to help keep and advance that career, not necessarily decisions in the public interest.

On the other hand, it is completely the opposite in the case of a person who is committed to term limits. Her/his main preoccupation will be to do a good job so they can leave behind a good legacy.

You don’t need to have the legal jurisdiction to implement term limits, you just need to make a written honest commitment to the voters.

Reality vs. Duplicity

  1. Career politicians lean towards making policies and decisions serving those who can help them get re-elected.

  2. An incumbent seeking re-election and eyeing a career inherently has unfair advantages, including access to resources paid by taxpayers.

  3. . Heavy campaign financial support continues to go to incumbents because special interest groups will continue to finance their future campaigns, providing they have them in their back pocket.

  4. Career politicians are not necessarily the best choice to manage a city. Normally, they are the candidates with the heaviest-financed campaign and largest advertising.

  5. Some career politicians say, “I’ll leave when I accomplish my goals”.

If they cannot accomplish any thing within 4 or 8 years, they are not fit for the job, period.

  1. Since politics at the civic level is a highly demanding type of service, the longer the members of council stay, the more likely they would get “burnout”, or become too comfortable - Serving on council becomes just a job (not a service) - a "Sweet gig".

In such a case, some break for those who serve with honesty and sincerity is warranted. We can learn also from sport teams; a player, afterwhile, would need a break to rest and rejuvenate.

  1. Accordingly, term limits will help to get BIG money and influential interest groups out of politics.

  2. Ordinary, skilled and qualified people will have a real opportunity to run for office. They will not need to raise a huge amount of money to compete with the incumbent’s war chest.

 

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- I Am Not Beholden to Any Donor or Specific Interest Groups -

My loyalty is to all Calgarians, having their best interests at heart without partiality.

 

I have built a large base of supporters during the last 4 years,

 And;

 

As your new mayor, you will know that I have the exact, up-to-date management experience to run our council meeting and our city most efficiently and effectively.

I have a specific plan for economic and social recovery which will lead to regained prosperity (This will be revealed in due time).

 

You will find me down to earth, and very friendly. It is my nature to make the job fun and rewarding.

 

This is the link to my website to learn more about my platform and my relevant experience.

https://www.emile4calgarymayor.com/

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 Candidate Emile Gabriel

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May 18, 2021

(THE THIRD OPTION)

-Emile Gabriel officially declares his candidacy for mayor of Calgary, 2021-

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During the last five months, 15 enthusiastic Calgarians declared their intention to run for mayor and posted their platforms.

Unfortunately, there is one group consisting of rookie councilors where you will find career politicians. They are good at the “blame game” and repeating recycled and worn-out old campaign slogans, which naturally do not amount to any genuine or positive changes.

The second group, some of whom are offering nice thoughts, has no coherent master plan backed by relevant experience to support their ability to implement such a plan.

Most of the candidates running are claiming that they can “bring people together”. Their predecessors have made the same declaration and some have professed that they are “the smartest people in the room” yet not long ago, Calgary city council considered hiring an outside individual to chair council meetings since they were not able to get along or work together. 

Those candidates fail in recognizing Calgary’s real predicament, identifying the root causes of our city’s chronic problems and post-pandemic challenges.

They are providing a collection of nice thoughts, but in practicality, their thoughts are lacking a plan, therefore, they cannot provide a solid foundation to meet Calgarians’ real needs for the moment or for the future.

What I have to offer differs completely from all the other candidates. I set myself apart from this crowded field and present a third option.

I am offering powerful realistic solutions and real hope as a result of many years of studying and understanding how city hall functions.

I begin by identifying the root causes of why we have a dysfunctional system. Then I provide a plan and specific solutions based on more than 20 years of knowledge and management experience. At this unparalleled time, in managing a major corporation like the City of Calgary, specific management experience matters.

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I am not beholden to any donor or specific interest group. I will be the people’s mayor– The people who have long wished to have a superb council at the City Hall.

For the last six months, I have stated on my website that I remain committed to term limits (2-term), and a roll-back in the mayor’s salary to lead by example.

It is one of my primary goals to complete my mission which I started at the 2017 civic election to end the era of career politicians at our city hall through term limits.

We will need dedicated people working for all, not those who are seeking a career for themselves at the expense of the taxpayers.

This first action will trigger other important actions in my master plan.

Building our economy and providing new job’s opportunities are my number 1 priority.

If the pandemic effect does not subside after being elected, I would move immediately to declare a state of enhanced emergency to utilize and mobilize all of our resources to help those who have fallen victims to this pandemic, in particular, small businesses and the most vulnerable.

Utilizing my credentials, knowledge and management experience, I’ll form a team of experts to start working on a plan to eliminate duplication at city hall, saving money and creating new efficiency.

This will make our city more attractive to business, throughout a process of integration and consolidation of certain departments and committees.

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More information is provided in my website and more details to follow as the campaign progresses.

(Calgarians should be aware of the imitation of my ideas and platform by other candidates, which is already happening).

Published by campaign headquarters for Emile Gabriel

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