Economy, collection & spending of city revenue
Kent supports implementing a progressive tax system that shifts the burden from middle-class families and small business onto homeowners with high property values.
Kent advocates for growing Calgary’s innovation ecosystem by increasing support for co-working spaces, and is particularly aiming for blockchain companies as an emerging industry.
Kent wants to support small and local businesses through exemptions, incentives and other tools to encourage resilient and sustainable development.
“Calgary businesses have been leveled by exponential increases in property tax, as much as 400% in some cases.”
Stance on trending social issues & public policy
Kent wants to build Calgary with an eye towards safety for women, by (i) increasing lighting where people walk outdoors, (ii) increasing access to transit, and (iii) housing women and girls escaping abusive.
“Women in Calgary face risks to their safety when simply commuting through Calgary alone. […] That’s why gender-responsive urban planning is gaining traction in cities around the world.”
Kent wants to address homelessness by (i) identifying service gaps and expanding city programs and services, ii) harmonizing service delivery with organizations that help Calgary’s homeless, and (iii) eliminating barriers to receiving assistance.
Kent supports a police model that focuses on de-escalation and mental health, by: (i) creating a call line for mental health crises, (ii) implementing a new public safety response for mental health cases, and (iii) enhancing training for police on neurodiversity.
Plan to address climate, energy & resources
Kent supports further investment in transit, to allow Calgarians to participate in city life more fully, make Calgary more accessible, help retain young people and attract more tourists.
“Investment in transit can yield 49,700 jobs per $1 billion invested, and offers 5 to 1 economic return.”
Governance philosophy & guiding principles
Kent wants Calgary to flourish outside of the 8-5 timeframe by turning Calgary into an 18 hour city: (i) a city with population growth, particularly among young people, (ii) job growth, particularly in tech, (iii) good transit, (iv) a vibrant, densely populated downtown, (v) low crime, (vi) regional distinctiveness, and (vii) 24-hour amenities.
Kent wants to modernize city council’s approach to being available to Calgarians, and expand the ability for Calgarians to provide input on city issues.
If you happen to spend any time at all in downtown Calgary, you probably know Kent already. You’ve seen him zipping down 6th Ave in his wheelchair, grabbing a coffee at Tims, or walking along the river path with his wife Deanna.
Kent didn’t always plan to be in politics. At one time, he thought he was headed for a career as a gym teacher. He was a talented hockey player with a bright future ahead of him when he was shot in a random act of violence at 21 years old. He became a C5 quadriplegic, with no use of his legs and limited use of his arms.
The incident that could have taken his life instead shaped his life. Determined not to let fate steal his bright future, Kent went back to school. He completed his degree and went on to law school.
In 2006 he ran to become a provincial MLA. During his time in provincial government, he built productive relationships with the leaders of all parties. He continued this reputation for collaboration as the sole Calgary MP in federal cabinet.
Kent is a devoted volunteer in his community. Organizations he’s served include: (i) Calgary Advisory Committee on Accessibility; (ii) United Way of Calgary Leaders Committee; (iii) Spinal Cord Injury Alberta; and (iv) Calgary Downtown West Community Association.
One of his proudest political achievements is introducing the concept of protecting Gay-Straight Alliances in schools through a private member’s bill. The move sparked a long overdue conversation about LGBTQ+ protections in Alberta.
University of Calgary
University of Calgary
Principal (2020 - present)
Counsel (2020 - present)
Member of Parliament (2015 - 2019)
Minister of Sports and Persons with Disabilities (2017 - 2018)
Minister of Veteran Affairs (2015 - 2017)
Board Member (Former Chair) (2000 - 2017)
Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) (2008 - 2015)
Lawyer (2001 - 2008)
Accessibility Advisory Committee (1998 - 2006)