Calgary Muslim mayor celebrated for his participation

The Globe and Mail – July 5, 2011
The participation of Naheed Nenshi, the Mayor of Calgary, as grand marshal for his city’s Gay Pride celebrations this coming September is depicted in this article as a model of the kind of acceptance that Pride events are meant to exemplify. Particularly in comparison with the city of Toronto’s politically conservative mayor who did not participate in its festivities.
Many will rush to claim this as another first in the historic mayoralty of Mr. Nenshi, the first Muslim mayor of a major Canadian city. But Mr. Nenshi does not “represent” Muslims any more than any other Muslim does. He does, however, represent Calgarians.

Calgary Muslim Candidate’s Campaign Office Vandalized

The Calgary Sun – September 12, 2010
Vandals tossed a chunk of concrete through the front window of mayoral hopeful Naheed Nenshi’s campaign office early Sunday morning, hours after several of his signs were damaged and stolen throughout the northwest. Stopping short of calling it an attack against his Muslim faith, Nenshi noted the vandalism did come on the anniversary of Sept. 11.
According to spokesman Stephen Carter, volunteers on Nenshi’s campaign team saw a man and a woman in a black truck cutting signs down and taking them on Saturday night while using anti-Muslim slurs. Shards of broken glass littered the floor of Nenshi’s headquarters on 16 Ave. N.E. when workers arrived Sunday morning but he doesn’t think any of his political rivals were behind the attack.