Mayor Naheed Nenshi [first Muslim mayor of a major city in North America], [secured] number two spot – just behind Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
– 2013 ranking of Canada’s most powerful people by Maclean’s magazine
When Naheed Nenshi was elected in 2010 as mayor of Calgary, Alberta, he became the first Muslim mayor of a major city in North America. This is all the more notable considering many view Calgary as Canada’s most conservative city. In an interview earlier this summer, Nenshi said that the topic of his background has rarely been raised by voters in Calgary, as they are much more interested in his plans for the city.
While Nenshi has faced significant opposition, such as from powerful real estate developers, he nonetheless landed the number two spot — just behind Prime Minister Stephen Harper — in the 2013 list of Canada’s most powerful people from the news magazine Maclean’s.
Canada’s only candidate, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has been short-listed for global recognition by the City Mayors Foundation.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Calgary, Canada
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