Another Hat Gets Thrown In The Mayoral Ring

It’s true. Another candidate has come forward for Pat’s job and his name is Charles Wiebe.

Charles is a really nice guy. I just got off the phone with him. He’s a Cathedral resident and says he’s running because he wants to increase the community spirit in Regina. Concerns that are close to his heart include dealing with the housing crisis, sorting out the city’s many traffic and transit issues and supporting small business.

This brings the number of people running for mayor up to four: Charles Wiebe, Jim Elliott, David Loblaw and Michael Fougere.

And based on what I experienced today at Fougere’s press conference, Wiebe, Elliot and Loblaw have their work cut out for them. Holy crap! So that’s what money smells like!

Fougere held the gathering in the Delta Hotel’s Umbria Room. And it was full to bursting with the sort of people who have the easy confidence you only acquire if you’ve actually built or bought brutalist towers like the one you’re standing in. You could almost hear them thinking, “If I buy this place, I’ll totally have to change the rugs.” Wait, no. That was me. Those rugs are seriously ugly.

Anyway, I’m glad I wore the suit.

His speech was heavy on talk of the booming economy but light on social issues. And it was greeted with thunderous applause and even a round of cheers when he actually said the words, “I will be running for mayor.”

Flanked by several of his council colleagues as he met with press after the speech, Fougere did mention the importance of grappling with the housing issue. But beyond that it was much like the Mayor’s Valentine’s Day speech and the focus was clearly on the treasure.

Speaking of the outgoing mayor, he also spoke to the press and gave Fougere a rousing endorsement. So… like I said… if you’re not Michael Fougere, this election is going to be an uphill battle.

Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5’10” tall and he was born in a place. He’s not there now. He’s sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It’s “Girl From Ipanema”, thanks for asking.

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3 thoughts on “Another Hat Gets Thrown In The Mayoral Ring”

  1. Pat’s money financing a Pat Clone Campaign to help fulfill Pat, Mike and their buddies’ construction dreamscape.

    Remember what Pat said in latest speeches..

    Start the press conferences Now!

    These 4, ( and hopefully more candidates in all positions ),are going to get a lot of questions thrown at them.

  2. Wow that was long ago already. I still think the steepest uphill battle is fougere’s. If Regina(esp. the media) can realize that the new stadium is not that great of an idea, and that it should not be the central election issue, Fougere’s popularity might just fade right away.He(and all of us) must distinctly set ourselves apart somehow and his chances seem no greater than any other candidate. -Charles

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