Let it never be said that Edmonton's mayor can't dance.
Don Iveson stands out among several Edmontonians who busted a move as part of a music video by CTV News, which was set to Pharrell Williams's "Happy."
In the video, which was posted to the network's website on Monday, Iveson threw his hands in the air, shuffled and even moonwalked, in what was seen as a challenge to Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
Also featured in the video were Conservative MP Laurie Hawn; Edmonton Oilers defenceman Andrew Ference; Alberta Liberal leader Raj Sherman; and gold medal-winning curler Kevin Martin.
This is not the first time that Edmonton's mayor has become an Internet star. Iveson's sad face in reaction to a lack of funding for light rail transit (LRT) became a popular meme last March.
And the sad face seems to have worked. Just days later, then-premier Alison Redford announced $600 million in funding for the city's LRT expansion.
Who knows what a two-step could bring to the city?
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Question: Are you aware that you look like Phil from Modern Family?
Answer: My wife Sarah disagrees...
"Except even more handsome!" said another user.
Answer: My wife Sarah agrees.
Question: What is the best quality in your opponents?
Answer: They all love Edmonton and want to make it better. What this election is about is the best way to do that today and into the future.
Question: Besides the arena, which are some other things you could see the downtown core needing in order to make it more vibrant and booming?
Answer: I believe in Downtown revitalization. For me this is about more than just the arena, it's about the sewer upgrade, the parks, the street benches, and the LRT - the whole package of elements that can make our downtown sing in the coming decade. I want to see more residential growth, including more housing choice in the DT. In order to support residential growth, we need jobs in the core as well, which is why initiatives like Startup Edmonton are as critical as working with employers like Intuit and Stantec to move right into the core (both are in the process now).
Question: What's your top 5 favourite albums?
Answer: Beastie Boys: Ill Communication *Rolling Stones: Get Your Ya Yas Out *Dexter Gordon: Our Man in Paris *Rudimental: Home *The Dark Knight Soundtrack
Question: In your map for the vision of Edmonton's future LRT you have included 5 new stations along the existing parts of the Capital Line and also seem to be supportive of the currently proposed number of stations for the SE-to-W route. Are you not afraid that this many stations will reduce the efficacy of the LRT system? I'm worried the longer transit times would highly discourage potential LRT commuters.
Answer: I support Council's policy to build a more 'urban-style' system, rather than a commuter rail system. I feel the train running though a neighbourhood ought to come with the benefit of a chance to walk to it - provided there is transit-oriented redevelopment opportunity in the area. It will add a few minutes to the long trip, but it will actually allow urbanization to occur, which is the point.
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Answer: Kirk. No contest.
Question: It's not an easy job or position to be in. I've been around a lot of politicians in my life, and I've found what's most important to look at is character. So if you were making a movie of your years in office, what actor would you have play you?
Answer: Let's go with... Dylan McDermott - though he's considerably more chiseled than I: <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001518/?ref_=tt_cl_t1" target="_blank">http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001518/?ref_=tt_cl_t1</a>
Find the full transcript of the AMA <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/Edmonton/comments/1ogxig/im_don_iveson_and_im_running_to_be_the_next_mayor/" target="_blank">here</a>.
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