Cutting Red Tape at City Hall

We must welcome new businesses to help Calgary diversify and strengthen our economy moving forward. One element is to reduce road blocks for new business from setting up shop in Calgary to begin with. This will also help existing business owners innovate at the same time.

There is necessary procedure and then there is red tape. It’s a subtle difference but not rocket science. Unfortunately, this has been lost on the current administration at City Hall. Calgary is viewed by many as the most bureaucratic prairie city to set up business.

Brent Alexander intends to:

  • Create a Task Force which will route out bureaucratic red tape and simplify procedures.
  • Ensure Majority of Task Force to include reps from Calgary Chamber of Commerce, various Business Associations and Calgary Economic Development.
  • Set measurable specific time limits for the processing of permits and license applications.
  • Apply the principals of consistency and transparency in the enforcement of regulations.
  • Coordinate the operations of different departments to eliminate inefficiencies, duplication and waste.
  • Meet regularly with Task Force to monitor the progress. Every group must have their feet held to the fire to ensure progress is made. Oversight is a key component.

The vibrancy of a growing city is measured in part by its ability to attract new and retain existing businesses. Eliminating unnecessary red tape and making it easy for businesses to set up shop in Calgary is essential to diversify our economy. The more bureaucratic a city, the more likely companies will give it a pass when deciding where to set up shop. If Calgary is to thrive as a healthy community and services are to reach an increasing populace without adding to your tax burden, then red tape must go!

2 thoughts on “Policy”

  1. Hi!
    I’ve just finished reading the rest of Brent’s policies, and I really appreciate how well-reasoned and in-depth they are! However, this one stood out as a bit different than the others, and I do have a couple questions about it:
    “Create a Task Force which will route out bureaucratic red tape and simplify procedures […] Majority of Task Force to include reps from Calgary Chamber of Commerce, various Business Associations and Calgary Economic Development.”
    When the City is facing a $170M budget shortfall, how can you justify hiring external reps from the private industry for this task force? Especially when staff are currently facing layoffs? (I have been told that Water Resources needs to make up $42M of the $170M.)
    I know a lot of employees with the City, and they always say the worst part of their job is the red tape. It’s a mistake to think that bureaucrats love unnecessary bureaucracy! As non-politically affiliated public servants “on the ground” they have a lot of insight as to where inefficiencies, duplication and waste happen, and I think they are a valuable resource for something like this.
    Is there any room at all for public servants on this Task Force? And if not, why?
    Thank you for taking the time to read my reply!
    Bathorie

    1. Thanks for the note. Quick clarification – the task force’s business reps would all be volunteers. The Chamber, CED and Business Associations will all be highly motivated to take part and lend their expertise and insights. Another clarification – while they would be a majority, they would not be the only members of the Task Force – bureaucrats will and must be involved. They understand the inner machinations of the City better than anyone. I do not think anyone loves unnecessary bureaucracy – including the civic servants who need to implement it. We must all work together on this so that we do not miss the mark and come up with useful and implementable solutions. Hope this answers your concerns. If there is anything else, please let me know. Best Regards, Brent

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