New Poll!

Our last poll was “Pat Fiacco Legacy Poll Number One: What’s the mayor’s biggest success?” It was up for almost a month but only fetched 127 votes. Why so few votes after such a long run? Could it beee because because that poll only had positive options? Could it beee that this blog’s surly, sarcastic readers prefer a spiteful, negative  poll?

We’ll find out! “Pat Fiacco Legacy Poll Number Two: What’s The Mayor’s Biggest Failure?” awaits your savage democracyon the right side of this page. Scroll down to vote!

Oh yeah: if anyone’s curious, the most popular choice in Pat Fiacco Legacy Poll Number One was “He was an inspirational leader who restored pride in Regina”, with just over 50 per cent of the votes. Full results after the jump.

Pat Fiacco Legacy Poll Number One! What’s The Mayor’s Biggest Success?

Basically did a good job keeping property tax rates where they belong.  7.87%  (10 votes)

Downtown redevelopment and that beautiful plaza!  17.32%  (22 votes)

He’s started the ball rolling on municipal infrastructure rebuilding in Canada.  9.45%  (12 votes)

He’s been a level-headed leader who didn’t screw anything up.  14.96%  (19 votes)

He was an inspirational leader who restored pride in Regina.  50.39%  (64 votes)

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

8 thoughts on “New Poll!”

  1. Regina pride is fantastic, but it begs the question…. isn’t pride up to us? And did we have to sink the city into debt? Despite Pat’s many triumphs, the City of Regina will not even post the current debt on the website, instead opting for a cheery, misleading (outdated) credit score from S&P. I’m concerned. And that tarnishes his legacy somewhat, for me. You’ll only hear more about this later when it all comes out and the next leader has to raise taxes. Fun, eh? I bet Pat probably didn’t want another term because he knew he’d have to do it.

  2. Add a way to select “All of the failure options”. As far as successes go…the only real positive from his first year as mayor to his last is the municipal infrastructure awareness. And really silly shiny looking hair.

    He is Pat Fiasco. And his likely suck-sessor, Fougere? No thanks. I’m bugging out ASAP. This province and this city are well and truly screwed by the rise of limp-dicked neoliberal policies that put resource exploitation and corporate interests ahead of rational long-term planning.

  3. This could be a place for strategic voting: I’ll vote for downtown if you vote for housing. Deal? Oh, and libraries.

  4. I was involved in the writing of this poll, but I just thought of another option last night. It’d go like….

    Debt! The city’s pension liability problem still isn’t solved and we’re on track to hit our municipal debt limit by 2015.

  5. #5 Pul explain what do you mean by 2015.
    Is there a by-law that CoR can’t be at
    $1 billion in debt in subsidies to city retirees??

    Capping all CoR Salaries still smells good.

  6. #5 Paul plese explain what do you mean by 2015.
    Is there a by-law that CoR can’t be at or exceede.
    $1 billion in debt in subsidies to city retirees??

    Capping all CoR Salaries and benefits still smells good.

  7. Ron: There’s a provincial law limiting how much debt municipalities can take on. I think Regina’s limit is pretty low. Like $200 million. But I could be wrong on that number.

    The reason we’ll be hitting that by 2015 is we’ve been borrowing for the last several years to help fund infrastructure renewal. (The argument being that with interest rates so low, we’d be fools not to take on debt at this time.)

    And, recently, the federal government has changed the environmental regulations around water quality and that means Regina is going to have to invest heavily in our water treatment facilities. And to do that we’re going to have to borrow to the max.

    That could change, though, if the feds come through with support funding for municipalities who’re being impacted by this regulation change.

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