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Politician Profile

Zac Hartley

Zac Hartley

"I plan to reduce city taxes, diversify our revenue streams, and donate 50% of my salary to Calgary Charities. It is time for a new vision and a new approach."

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Policy cards

Economic

Taxes, spending & infrastructure

Reduce Property Taxes

We must rethink the way we generate city revenue. 

Property tax has nearly doubled over the last 10 years and we can no longer put this burden on our citizens and business owners. I will reduce property tax and diversify our revenue streams.

Train to the Airport

I will redirect the Green Line to connect to YYC airport.

Free School Transit

Students should not be paying to get to school. I will subsidize transit passes for all university students in Calgary.

Spending in the Arts

We should spend in the arts, sensibly. 

Calgary will only install art that is made in Calgary, by a Calgarian.  I will personally approve every installation before it is paid for. No more blue circles.

Social

social issues & public policy

Affordable Housing

We need to keep Calgary as an affordable place to live. 

I support (i) incentivizing builders to remodel unused office space, (ii) developing affordable inner-city properties, (iii) building budget-friendly homes in accessible areas, (iv) providing faster permitting, and (v) giving incentives for inner city properties and/or additional fees associated with high income new buildings.

Indigenous Needs

We must help our Indigenous community prosper. 

I will help the Indigenous community by assisting to pay for educational training for in-demand jobs and allocating resources to finding and helping missing or endangered indigenous women.

Environment

climate, energy & Sustainability

Energy Transition

Calgary does not need to shut down our Oil and Gas operations but we do need to have a transition plan to help shift towards a more sustainable energy future.

I will continue to support the industries that drive our economy, while fostering the next generation of innovation in the world of renewable energy, electric vehicles, solar and wind.  

Support Green Business

We must focus on building the best working conditions and environments for innovative and sustainable companies to grow, scale, hire and change the world.

Our goal as a city government is to build an environment where culture and business can flourish. We need to do our best to support the businesses that we want, instead of trying to terrorize the companies that we don't. 

Against the Green Line

I am against building the Green Line in its current proposed form. 

The green line is not the best use of $ 5.5 Billion right now.  We need to help our business owners and the 11% of home owners that couldn't afford property tax last year.

Leadership

philosophy & guiding principles

Reduce Leadership Salaries

We need to drastically cut back on executive salaries and luxurious pensions at City Hall. 

I will take the first step by reducing the mayor's salary and donating 50% of my salary each month to local charities

Leadership Philosophy

The job of the mayor and city counsel is to make decisions for Calgarians that will spend their tax dollars on the most important priorities.  To me, this means building a city that facilitates new business, encourages local art, and embracing diverse cultures.

It also means making the hard decisions to cut expenses, reduce salaries, and re-evaluate the projects we spend our money on.  Calgary needs a leader that can look at every decision without the cloud of bureaucracy or the influence of past relationships.

Automate Permit System

Receiving approvals takes too long in Calgary. 

Permits in this city can take up to 6 months. This slows down our economy and limits our production. I will fully revamp the system and automate the process.

Economic

Economy, collection & spending of city revenue

Reduce Property Tax

Property tax has nearly doubled over the last 10 years and we can no longer put this burden on our citizens and business owners.  I will reduce property tax and diversify our revenue streams.

Automate Permit System

Permits in this city can take up to 6 months.  This slows down our economy and limits our production.  I will fully revamp the system and automate the process.

Against the Green Line

The green line is not the best use of $ 5.5 Billion right now.  We need to help our business owners and the 11% of home owners that couldn’t afford property tax last year.

Tax Foreign Companies

Tax large foreign companies that are currently profitable to offset property tax reductions for Calgary citizens.

Spending in the Arts

Calgary will only install art that is made in Calgary, by a Calgarian.  I will personally approve every installation before it is paid for.  No more blue circles.

Social

Stance on trending social issues & public policy

Affordable Housing

Zac supports affordable housing by (i) incentivizing builders to remodel unused office space, (ii) developing affordable inner-city properties, (iii) building budget-friendly homes in accessible areas, (iv) providing faster permitting, and (v) giving incentives for inner city properties and/or additional fees associated with high income new buildings.

Indigenous Needs

Zac wants to help the indigenous community by assisting to pay for educational training for in-demand jobs and allocating resources to finding and helping missing or endangered indigenous women.

Environment

Plan to address climate, energy & resources

Energy Transition

Zac wants to continue to support the industries that drive our economy, while fostering the next generation of innovation in the world of renewable energy, electric vehicles, solar and wind.  

“Calgary does not need to shut down our Oil and Gas operations but we do need to have a transition plan to help us shift the amazing skills and assets that we have in Calgary towards a more sustainable energy future.” 

Support green business

Zac wants to focus on building the best working conditions and environments for innovative and sustainable companies to grow, scale, hire and change the world.  

“Our goal as a city government is to build an environment where culture and business can flourish. We need to do our best to support the business that we want, instead of trying to terrorize the companies that we don’t. ” 

Leadership

Governance philosophy & guiding principles

Reduce Leadership Salaries

We need to drastically cut back on executive salaries and luxurious pensions at City Hall.  I will take the first step by reducing the mayor’s salary and donating 50% of my salary each month to local charities

Leadership Philosophy

The job of the mayor and city counsel is to make decisions for Calgarians that will spend their tax dollars on the most important priorities.  To me this means building a city that facilitates new business, encourages local art, and embraces diverse cultures.

It also means making the hard decisions to cut expenses, reduce salaries, and re-evaluate the projects we spend our money on.  Calgary needs a leader than can look at every decision without the cloud of bureaucracy or the influence of past relationships.

MORE ABOUT ZAC

Hello, Calgary! My name is Zac Hartley and I have lived in this beautiful city my entire life. I grew up in South Calgary playing football and basketball at Bishop Grandin Highschool. After graduation I enrolled at Mount Royal University where I studied Business Management and obtained my degree.

In 2016 I started my first business building handmade furniture from wine and whiskey barrels. Over the course of four years, we built the business to over $1 million in annual revenue and successfully pitched on Season 13 of Dragons Den.

Since the pandemic hit, I have seen first-hand the stress, fear and uncertainty in the eyes of people and business owners throughout the city. I am running for Mayor to help give those citizens peace of mind knowing that somebody is fighting for them within city hall.

I will donate 50% of my Mayor Salary to Local Calgary Charities and work to reduce city expenses so that Calgary taxpayers are not left holding the bill.

Education & Work Experience

Mount Royal University 

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, General

 

West Virginia University 

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, General

 

CEO (2020 - present)

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CEO (2018-2020)

CEO (2014-2016)

Western Canada Sales Director (2013-2015)

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