Edmonton Minute: New Mayor, New Council, and a Tough Provincial Relationship
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This Week In Edmonton:
Fresh off the civic election, Edmonton’s newly elected Mayor, Amarjeet Sohi, and new City Council will be officially sworn in tomorrow at 1:30 pm.
The swearing-in ceremony will be followed at 3:00 pm by the Inaugural City Council meeting at which the new Council will establish the membership and schedule of its standing committees, and conduct other administrative business.
- One of the first big challenges for the new Council will be how to navigate their relationship with the Province. The new Council looks set to be significantly more left-wing than the outgoing Council, and that is sure to cause some disagreements between the two levels of government.
Last Week In Edmonton:
As you probably heard, it was municipal election day on Monday! Amarjeet Sohi defeated Mike Nickel 45% to 25%, while Kim Krushell finished with 17% of the vote. Amarjeet was formerly a City Councillor for 8 years, then moved to federal politics where he served as a Cabinet Minister for one term.
- There will be lots of new people on Council too. Four reelected incumbents (Aaron Paquette, Andrew Knack, Sarah Hamilton, and Tim Cartmell) will be joined by eight new faces (Erin Rutherford, Karen Principe, Anne Stevenson, Ashley Salvador, Michael Janz, Jennifer Rice, Karen Tang, and Jo-Anne Wright). Three incumbents were defeated (Bev Esslinger, Jon Dziadyk and Tony Caterina).
- Finally, there were also Catholic and Public school board elections and a series of provincial votes. Notably, on the Catholic Board, all but one seat was acclaimed. Edmonton chose not to release interim provincial vote results. Official results will be released tomorrow.
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