CALGARY – A Calgary mayoral candidate and councillor is expected to address concerns over third-party advertising and the revised, more expensive, arena deal.
Reports recently surfaced about Jeff Davison’s campaign sending out an email promoting a fundraising event, and then a third-party advertiser called Calgary Tomorrow sent out a nearly identical message promoting the same event.
It is possible that this is a violation of election laws because advertisers cannot support a specific candidate. Some people are also concerned because these advertisers can take in a lot more money and solicit donations from corporations as well.
Davison’s camp has denied any wrongdoing.
The councillor, who played a major role in creating Calgary’s deal for a new arena, is also expected to discuss the revised deal to replace the Saddledome.
The city recently revealed that it would be putting up more taxpayer money for the arena, to the tune of $12.5 million.
In total, $287.5 million of public money will be used to fund the new Flames arena.
Fellow mayoral candidate Jyoti Gondek, who is currently serving as the councillor for Ward 3, questioned the deal Tuesday and asked whether or not the arena was still worth its new price tag.
“This so-called new deal takes advantage of what was in the old one and then layers in some other things that are hard to get to,” Gondek told 660 NEWS.
“They’re buried, and you kind of have to play this ‘Where’s Waldo’ game of figuring out what’s new and what it’s going to cost.”
-with files from Tom Ross, Saif Kaisar