In our ninth episode we discuss Mayor Mandel’s State of the City Address for 2013. Held at the Shaw Conference Centre on April 2, the speech was an opportunity to reflect on the past year and to talk about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
The mayor was widely expected to announce his intentions regarding the fall election during the speech, but instead shocked the larger-than-usual crowd by declaring that “key issues” were “genuinely unsettled” in his mind, and that he didn’t have an answer. He went on to sharply criticize the provincial government’s recent cuts to post-secondary education, as well as the lack of action on regional coordination.
Relevant links for this episode:
- Recap: 2013 State of the City Address
- PDF Transcript of Mayor Mandel’s Speech
- Mandel uses state-of-the-city speech to unload on provincial budget cuts
Now we’re back to waiting for Mandel’s decision. What do you think he’ll do?