Fluoride Action Network

Teddy Ogbonna: Calgary mayoral candidate on fluoridation

Source: Calgary Herald | October 7th, 2021
Location: Canada, Alberta

The next city council could be asked to return fluoride to the city’s water supply. What is your position on this?



Development consultant

Political/volunteer experience:

Teddy was on the board in his riding of Calgary McCall. Consulted with governments at all levels in Africa, Europe and North America, i.e. the United States Government, British Government, the United Nations (UNIC, UNICEF, UNDP) the World Bank, the British Council, Goethe Institute, and is involved in a number of non-profit initiatives locally in Calgary and abroad. Teddy has been volunteering for political candidates. Did an internship at the City of Toronto for two years.

What is your motivation for seeking a seat on city council?

Calgary was heading into a neoliberal — unsustainable path. And it’s time for change.

Describe your leadership style:

Low key consensus builder, a collaborator and listener. People first!

What do you consider the single most important issue facing Calgarians, and what should be done about it?

Tax hikes. To reduce taxes and provide tax incentives to homeowners and businesses. That’s the vision of the campaign. 10 per cent across board.

What are the three most important issues in your ward, and how would you address them?

Taxes, infrastructure and community resources. Teddy would engage community associations, groups, provincial and federal government as regards to huge capital investments to Calgary.

Do you support the city’s downtown revitalization strategy? Where should funding and programs be focused?

I do not. We should first restructure and cut down on City top managers, contractors, chiefs and elected officials salaries: wages and contingencies. Save money and put it into the local economy.

What innovative project or job creation measure can you propose to aid Calgary’s post-COVID economic recovery?

Diversification and innovation of all aspects of our economy. Teddy would lead the conversation to draw huge resources and possibly partner with the private sectors on such plans.

What should city council do to keep young adults from leaving Calgary?

Teddy has proposed to institute a shadow youth cabinet — making them part of the municipal decision-making process. Invest in our youths towards making Calgary more accessible to jobs after graduation and an efficient vibrant city.

* All candidate Q&As have been edited for clarity and brevity.