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Naheed Nenshi's Scandalous Twitter Temper Tantrum

Well Calgary, this is your mayor: Naheed Nenshi. He's popular, but that's enough to make someone wonder if that's because Calgarians aren't really paying that much attention to him. They should.

Today Nenshi lashed out at Derek Fildebrandt, the Alberta Director of the Calgary Taxpayers Federation. The provocation? Fildebrandt filed an access to information request under FOIP (the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act) and confirmed that Nenshi isn't attempting to get the City of Calgary to cover his legal costs in homebuilder Cal Wenzel's lawsuit against him.

Nenshi fumed at Fildebrandt very publicly, over Twitter, repeating over and over again that he had previously said he wasn't asking the city to cover his legal bills. And it's true that he previously said that.

Well, here's the problem with that: politicians in Canada routinely make promises. And routinely break them. So the CTF was very justified in investigating in order to confirm Nenshi's promise. After all, Nenshi had previously declared he was exploring the option of having the city cover his legal costs via its litigation insurance policy.

He tried to claim that the scurrilous comments he made about Wenzel were a matter of public interest. (That itself -- effectively treating political opposition as if it's a criminal enterprise -- is deeply scandalous.)

The CTF acting to confirm whether or not Nenshi was standing by his most recent promise is undeniably a matter of public interest. Somehow that wasn't good enough for Nenshi, who accused Fildebrandt of wasting public resources. He also arrogantly declared that the CTF has no influence on policy (the sense of contempt for Calgarian taxpayers is absolutely palpable).

In effect, Nenshi -- again, the Mayor of Calgary -- was attempting to discourage a public interest group from using FOIP requests to obtain information. That's scandalous. If nearly any other politican in Canada was caught doing this there would be immediate calls for their resignation, especially if the politician in question were conservative.

But because it's Naheed Nenshi doing it -- a mayor who has become the pet vanity project of the aspiring "fancy people" (as Ezra Levant would call them) who support Nenshi without ever actually having much of a reason why -- he gets a free pass, apparently.

No politician -- not even Nenshi -- is entitled to a cone of silence. And he's certainly not entitled to bully public interest groups into giving him one.