Social Justice Advocate
Charlie is a man who has personal integrity. He practices fairness, makes decisions based on the needs of all the citizens of Saskatoon. Charlie is concerned with environmental issues, and most importantly he listens to the Council and concerns of all!
Charlie has the innate ability to recognize and make all who cross his path feel recognized and counted, from the oldest of us to the youngest! It does not matter who you are, where you are from, what colour you are, your gender, the amount of money you possess, you will be treated with dignity and respect.
We as a family have faith in the leadership of Charlie Clark.
Professor of Sociology, University of Regina
As a feminist, a professor, a mother and a grandmother, and past president of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, I am proud to support Charlie. He is always respectful and exercises unwavering support for consultative processes. Charlie is another bridge in our city, bringing people together.
Charlie is an honest, caring, inclusive, forward thinking community builder who has unfinished business as our Mayor. Saskatoon needs his leadership abilities to further the initiatives that have brought investment, inclusivity and economic prosperity into our city. We are in good hands. Let’s keep it that way!
FLFN Urban Representative, SPS IWAC, Entrepreneur & Human Rights Activist.
As my Nation's Indigenous Urban Representative and a member of the Saskatoon Police Service Indigenous Women’s Advisory Committee (SPS IWAC), I support Charlie's continued leadership as Mayor of Saskatoon, I appreciate Charlie's efforts toward community building, throughout his term Charlie has remained approachable, innovative while also a humble leader. As our city Mayor, Charlie has encouraged the importance of cultural diversity and sustained inclusivity for everyone. I believe Saskatoon will continue to flourish under his continued leadership.
I couldn’t be more proud of the way that Charlie has represented our City.
Charlie has shown Saskatoon how leadership can be strong, bold and humble, all at the same time.
Charlie understands the importance of developing Saskatoon. I know that as Mayor, he will work together with all levels of government.
I believe that Charlie has the right policies and the right vision for our city to see us move forward. I invite you to join me in supporting Charlie Clark for Re-election as Mayor of Saskatoon.
Retired Teacher of Ecoquest and Collective Voice programs
Charlie Clark is a community and family minded man. As a result, he dedicates himself to listening to people and working together in order to build the safe, productive and cultural community we love to call home, Saskatoon.
Charlie is easy to approach and willing to think of alternative solutions to many of the everyday challenges of living in an urban environment. Most of all, Charlie Clark is a man that you can trust to be equitable to all.
Community leader, business owner "Campus Tech Ltd" co-owner "Captain Taxi Ltd"
I am endorsing Mr. Charlie Clark to be re-elect as Saskatoon’s next mayor. He has a vision for the future, and I believe he will do the best job. He is extremely knowledgeable and professional in all his undertakings. Charlie is playing a vital role in economic development and positive growth of this city. Importantly, he knows how to bring people together and bridge divisions.
University of Saskatchewan Student (2015-), Former Indigenous Students’ Council President (2017-2019), Former University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union President (2019-2020)
When I met Charlie, I was a university student returning to campus for my second year. He was running for his first term as Mayor.
I was cautious when engaging with him at first because my initial thought was, ‘here’s another politician running for office’. But as we continued our heartfelt discussion, I was impressed by how much time he offered in getting to know me and understanding my perspective. We spent a large part of that evening sharing about what we envisioned for Saskatoon.
Since then, Charlie has never failed to show up to campus engagements, meetings with students, and community gatherings. Still to this day, he listens to different perspectives, and works towards his vision of a thriving city.
I fully support and endorse Charlie as he seeks another term to serve as Saskatoon’s Mayor, because I know I can trust him and I know he’ll have all people of Saskatoon in mind when making decisions.
Charlie is a unicorn: an ego-free public servant who has the commitment, integrity, and experience to put his action where his mouth is. He has been working tirelessly and selflessly since 2006 and has earned the respect and trust of a broad, non-partisan cross section of the community.
Charlie understands that the best way to solve big problems is to bring people together. His only agenda is for Saskatoon to be a safe, efficient, and prosperous city where everyone can succeed.
Theresa Sokyrka Juno Nominated Singer-Songwriter, and Creator of the Animated Musical Sitcom Back 2 Reality
My introduction to Charlie began when he was City Councillor for my community Ward 6. My experiences with him have always begun because of a complaint I had brewing about something and I have to say he was always timely and incredibly understanding. I always did believe he was working for the best interest of our community and I will continue to endorse him for his second term for Mayor. I believe full-heartedly that Charlie is more than capable to help Saskatoon continue to grow in the right direction, with forward and mindful momentum.
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Muhammad Jawed Iqbal
Community Builder, Volunteer, Stonebridge Resident, Member of Muslim Community
Charlie Clark has proven to be an innovative leader who has never wavered from tough decisions. He has devoted himself to ameliorating the effects of COVID-19 in the city of Saskatoon.
I urge our friends, neighbours and community members to Re-Elect Charlie Clark as a Mayor, for a Safe, Innovative, and Sustainable Saskatoon.
Educator, Community Volunteer, Chair of Saskatoon Multilingual Schools
Charlie Clark is a mayor that leads by example. He takes time to listen to the concerns not just of locals but also newcomers; He works with not just those that can vote, but also those that will vote, as he has made time to participate in youth conferences for the last 10 years. Under his leadership, Saskatoon continues to grow as a diverse and inclusive city, exemplifying all things Canadian.
Graduate student and community organizer
Charlie is a proven leader and community-builder. He doesn’t just show up; he listens. Charlie works hard and with integrity to understand the needs of those he serves. He is adept at working to build consensus rather than sowing division. He has led a council that prioritizes engagement and transparency. And he has demonstrated a vision for what Saskatoon can become when the community comes together and leaves nobody behind. Above all, Charlie is a genuine and kind person, and I am proud to support him.
In my opinion, one of the most admirable characteristics of a leader is to be a good listener. As someone who is still learning to adapt to Canada, I have been profoundly touched by how Mr. Charlie Clark took his time to listen to minorities complain about discrimination. I remember in one of our meetings, Mr. Charlie Clark cried as we shared our experiences. Since I was born, I had never seen a leader sitting down to listen to complaints. Therefore, I am rooting for Mr. Charlie Clark simply because he listened. That meant a lot to me!
Charlie is a leader that has always and continues to work alongside community organizations, groups, and individuals to ensure a high quality of life for all residents in our city. Whether you are an established organization or a grassroots group of citizens, Charlie is willing to be at the table, listen to your concerns, and collaborate with you to build a healthy, equitable, and vibrant Saskatoon. This is why I support Charlie Clark.
Dale and Rose Botting
Small Business Owners
We are endorsing Charlie Clark because of his commitment to processes of collaboration and community healing, as opposed to the exploitation of social divisions. Saskatoon’s biggest challenges relate to systemic racism, social inequity, smart growth, public sector productivity, and the ability to adjust to rapidly accelerating technological and climate change in the 21st century. We need a Mayor who understands these emerging trends and fundamental issues and is able to face the “brutal facts” of our current realities. There are no simplistic solutions - but we need thoughtful leadership to facilitate this and we believe Charlie is the person to continue to move our City in the right direction!
Community leader, Grandmother/ kohkum, Kidney transplant recipient, Proud Saskatoon Métis citizen
It’s clear to me that there is no other choice but Charlie Clark for Mayor.
Charlie is a genuine, knowledgeable human being who cares deeply about our community’s collective well-being.
Under his leadership, the City of Saskatoon took quick action to protect our citizens during this pandemic. We were able to flatten the curve.
As we navigate these turbulent times, it is imperative that we continue to have a leader who is visionary: one who cares about all the people in our community and not just a privileged few!
I have absolute faith in his stellar visionary leadership and I’m honoured to support his bid for re-election as Mayor of Saskatoon!
Community Bridge Builder & Social Justice Advocate
I am honored to support Charlie Clark for his bid for re-election. Our city needs a forward thinking progressive leader like him. Mr. Clark’s willingness to engage in honest, respectful and collaborative conversations shows his leadership quality that Saskatoon needs at this challenging time to move our city forward with balanced socioeconomic approaches. I believe in Mr. Clark’s leadership and vision for a more diverse and inclusive city.
Artist & Reconciliation Saskatoon
I think Charlie embodies all the characteristics I look for in a leader: someone who is willing to put aside his own interests, truly listen to a variety of viewpoints, and bring forward resolutions that benefit everyone. In my work with Reconciliation Saskatoon, I’ve seen Charlie cultivate Indigenous and non-Indigenous partnerships and implement initiatives that move reconciliation forward. And I believe Charlie is the only candidate who has built the relationships and trust required to continue this important work. He understands how cities need to grow in ways that are equitable and inclusive, and I feel that his first term as mayor has made a tremendous difference in our city. He has laid important groundwork and has demonstrated that he deserves our support again.
Director of Marketing and Development, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Charlie Clark is a great leader and citizen of Saskatoon. I don’t know anyone who cares about our community more deeply than him. He understands the importance of having a vibrant and diverse arts community, one that enriches our community and makes Saskatoon a sought after destination for people from across the province, the country and around the world. He embraces big ideas and encourages collaborative projects that make our community leaders feel a part of something special, and also have hope that so much more is possible!
Mayor of Edmonton, Chair of Big City Mayors Caucus of Federation of Canadian Municipalities
I am a huge fan of Mayor Clark. He is a key contributor at the Big City Mayors table on everything from infrastructure to reconciliation and from housing to the changing role of cities in Canada. As vice chair of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Western Economic Solutions Taskforce, I’ve watched him provide a thoughtful, practical perspective on behalf of the people of Saskatoon and the economy of Saskatchewan on the national stage. He’s a keeper.
Chef and Co-Owner of Primal Pasta
I am voting for Charlie Clark because of his support for core neighbourhoods and small businesses. City Council giving restaurants the ability to have year round parking stall patios has been incredibly helpful for the restaurant economy. I would like to see Charlie build on what he has already laid the groundwork for. Our city would be lucky to continue to have such a thoughtful and intelligent mayor.
Former CEO of Cameco Corporation
Charlie is an empathetic leader with experience in understanding the needs of our diverse community. This combination of empathy and experience is absolutely critical at this time. We face challenges that require a leader who is connected and engaged with both the business and the not for profit sectors. He understands the positive role of business – providing jobs and employment – in supporting economic growth, the lifeblood of the city. And he also understands the critical work not-for-profits are doing to make our city strong.
I have always appreciated the fact that Charlie listens and has a good sense of the needs of the city, both short term and long term.
Former CFO of PotashCorp
Charlie is a thoughtful, caring leader who has the best interests of the city, its residents and businesses at heart. Charlie listens without bias, and is focused on problem solving and collaboration with others. He understands that a solution without a strong base of support is imperilled. His leadership skills have grown as he assumed the Office of the Mayor, transitioning from Councillor. I believe he commands the respect of many as he leads this city forward. Charlie’s campaign balances city economic growth with a caring society.
U of S Student
I knew that Charlie would have my first vote before I turned 18! When he visited my high school and engaged with the students, I felt confident that my voice was heard and will continue to be heard. I felt encouraged sharing my ideas and opinions with him. Charlie really inspired me because he made our voices a priority even when we couldn’t vote. I know that he is working hard to build a bright future for me and all the youth in Saskatoon. I look forward to giving my first vote to Charlie Clark this November.
Saache Heinrich and Ryan Walker
Librarian & Musician / Professor
Charlie Clark has been an excellent mayor over the past four years and we support his bid for re-election. He is a thoughtful, caring community-builder who works hard to create shared purpose and trust among a diverse Saskatoon public. Charlie has done more over his first term as mayor to re-ignite investment in our downtown than any civic leader in well over a decade. He is an effective city-builder who connects economy, culture and the arts with infrastructure decisions. Charlie serves every neighbourhood in the city with the same ambition to protect and improve quality of life, and has a leadership style in which both younger and older Saskatonians can take pride. We are happy with the work he has done and excited to see our city moving forward under Charlie Clark’s leadership.
Award-winning community leader and Indigenous youth advocate
I believe Charlie Clark is a leader who brings people together. Over the past 4 years as Mayor, Charlie has demonstrated leadership to the citizens of Saskatoon by emphasizing the importance of collaboration, diversity, and inclusion. Charlie Clark is a leader who showed us what is possible when we work together.
Community health advocate and consultant, retired health care administrator
Four years ago, I joined the campaign to elect Charlie Clark for Mayor of Saskatoon. I was confident that he would lead our city towards new development, new partnerships and growth. My confidence has strengthened. As our Mayor, he has demonstrated an ability to bring groups of people together and get them headed in the same direction. He has modeled respect for others and used his own curiosity and appreciation for different viewpoints to help find common ground. I have seen Charlie work with community developers and leaders to encourage the establishment of the Safe Community Action Alliance. I have seen his quiet persuasiveness help to organize the Community Safety and Wellbeing Partners – many community service workers on the ground and those in leadership positions united and working to give voice and confidence to those who have been without a voice in the past, but need now, more than ever, to be working together as our city grows.
Today, standing on four years of hard work and a successful foundation, I believe Charlie can capably guide us through the pandemic with its social and economic unknowns. His vision for growth, strategic investment and his commitment to foster reconciliation and inclusiveness will be successful in leading us to become a more efficient and sustainable city in the midst of Covid19 challenges. Leadership today demands decisive and effective decision-making supporting community desires and goodwill. As Mayor, Charlie can be our role-model and our partner for facing the pandemic challenge together.
And the future…. Charlie is not just a leader for current challenging times. He learns and grows with his fellow citizens and shapes his leadership based upon what his experiences are teaching him, and what new goals are needed for safety, security and prosperity. He listens appreciatively to those who make their thoughts known and tries to find forums for those who need encouragement to make their contributions. Charlie can envision a united thriving Saskatoon community in the future. Through his inspiration and his willingness to dream, as well as to walk and talk with all citizens he is the best person to accompany us and lead us forward towards that shared vision for Saskatoon.
My confidence in our Mayor continues. Charlie Clark is a man of demonstrated integrity and enthusiasm who puts his belief in collective action to work for the community. His good humour, his amazing patience, his strong belief in finding ways to appreciate the contributions of all citizens and his ability to lead conscientious stewardship of our economic and social resources make Charlie Clark the best Mayor for Saskatoon. I’m with Charlie Clark.
Dr. Judy White
Registered Social Worker and Professor Emerita
When I think about the kind of leader I want to support…one of the first things I think about is “trust”. I am supporting Charlie because I trust him. As a registered social worker and professor emerita who is committed to goals of equity and social justice, I trust Charlie. I observed Charlie’s work within the Saskatoon community long before he became the Mayor of this city. I knew what he stood for because he was someone who consistently supported the work of community agencies and community workers, especially those living on the “West side” of the city. I felt that he wanted to learn about social issues, that he wanted to listen to the voices of those who were marginalized, and that he wanted to make sure that everyone lived equitably within this city.
I trust him because I know he will continue to learn about the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the city and province. And that he will walk alongside these communities and speak out when it is appropriate. I trust him because I know he will participate in Pride Parades, not because he is being opportunistic and trying to score points, but because he does his best to understand the history of oppression and marginalization experienced by the lgbtq+ communities; and he wants to show his respect and support. More recently, as he listened to the voices of the Black Lives Matter activists, he reached out to some of us who belong to the Black Community. As a Black woman, I appreciated Charlie’s humility…he didn’t have all the answers, but he was open to creating a space for us to share our ideas. We felt he listened.
Finally, I appreciate that Charlie is not a one-issue leader. He is concerned about the economy, about the environment, about infrastructure, and many layered issues facing the Saskatoon community. I support this leader because he will provide the kind of leadership that will make Saskatoon a place where all peoples want to call home.
Rachel Loewen Walker
Community leader and Ariel F Sallows Chair in Human Rights College of Law, University of Saskatchewan
As we head into the election, I am remembering the lead up to the 2016 election. Hearing that Charlie was running for mayor not only felt like a breath of fresh air, but it felt like hope. I was working with OUTSaskatoon at the time, and our community knew that we needed a change, that we needed a leader who recognized and supported the 2SLGBTQ community proudly and publicly. In the years since that important change for Saskatoon, Charlie has shown his support for the queer community time and time again.
Not only that, but he has shown this support for many other communities in our city that felt invisible by building relationships with community members and leaders, by understanding the unique needs and concerns of various communities, and more than anything, Charlie shows his support by showing up. Whether it's a local forum on housing, a community barbecue, or the pride parade, Charlie has demonstrated that all of Saskatoon's diverse citizens deserve recognition. I was proud to vote for Charlie in 2016 and I am doubly proud to support his 2020 campaign. Saskatoon is a great city and we deserve a great leader.
Kezia, Marte, Lorilie & Jessie Nogot
Filipino Community Members
Charlie is the right choice for us. In his four years he has proven to be a leader who has progressive values and visions for the future of Saskatoon. Mayor Charlie is a self-motivated leader whose aim is always for the improvement of the city and safety for all of us here in Saskatoon.
Former Owner of Broadway Shoe Repair
When I think of Charlie, I think of a thoughtful, practical person who sees the big picture. Someone I trust.
Someone I’d love to sit down and have a beer with and someone I’d send to the park with my grandchildren.
He doesn’t use “Lower Taxes” or “Tax Reduction” as a mantra, but rather explains why we need public funds to make our city safe for all, environmentally friendly for all and envisions how to make the city an inclusive city for all to enjoy.
A second term for Charlie is very important to me. He is the leader we need.
Coordinated approach to public safety involving social warriors and health professionals in the aspect of publicly paid policing - the Safe Community Action Alliance speaks to this.
To him, tackling homelessness is more than removing them from the streets of downtown, but rather trying to work on a collaborative community-driven approach to find them shelter that comes with health and mental health services.
He has worked with provincial and federal officials to handle the Covid pandemic to ensure funding and a planned, coordinated approach.
In this election, “I’m with Charlie”.
Elder Nora Cummings
I’ve lived in Saskatoon for 83 years and this is the first time that a Mayor has taken the time to get to know me. As a senior I feel it’s so important that he listens and respects what seniors have to say. I feel Charlie Clark has done so many good things for this city in the past four years and I’m asking the citizens to re-elect him so he can continue the work that still needs to be done to make this a prosperous city.
I’ve watched Saskatoon go through so many changes throughout my life and I know that Charlie has the commitment and passion to continue to connect with everyone. He’s sincerely concerned for the citizens of this city - young and old - and he’s always there for all of us. When he makes commitments he sees them through.
When I watch him lead community events like the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation it gives me so much hope and confidence that he is the right leader for this community. He unifies people of all races and his heart is in all the work he’s done and continues to do.
As a citizen of Saskatoon I’m asking all citizens especially the young voters, to go out and vote for Charlie Clark as Mayor and give him the mandate to continue the important work that needs to be done. He’s a man that truly cares for this city and ALL its residents.
We owe it to ourselves as citizens of Saskatoon to exercise our right to vote and I believe that vote should go to Charlie Clark for Mayor.
Leader in the Arts & Culture Community
Charlie (and our current council) are the most change-oriented, willing-to-work civic leaders I have experienced in my 49 years in Saskatoon. Although they have been working in a “post-boom” economy (i.e., no easy budgets), there has been constant improvement to life in Saskatoon: friendly business taxation, impressive public engagement, infrastructure investments, project completions, and of course, big thinking.
I’m one of those people who like to know our leaders are among the smartest in the room – and are also willing to work hard on behalf of all. Charlie has shown he has both these qualities and more. I look forward to continuing to support not only his campaign but the ongoing work of his administration, in any way I can.
Dr. Alaa Murabit
United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health, Employment & Economic Growth
I’m delighted and honoured to be supporting Charlie Clark for Mayor again! For the past ten years I have worked globally, in my capacity as a United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health, Employment and Economic Growth and an advisor to over 40 Presidents, Prime Ministers and Mayors. In that time I can say that I have never met such a genuine, engaged, man. Mayor Charlie Clark leads with integrity. He leads with intention and he leads with clarity!
He cares about this city, truly values all people and ensures we all know we make up the mosaic that is Saskatoon, and he has elevated this city globally in ways that were unimaginable only a few years ago. Having been born and raised in Sutherland and East College Park I have often spoken globally about the incredible work Mayor Clark is doing in my hometown.
I credit him and his incredible team for continuing to shape and lead a Saskatoon that is welcoming, accepting, accountable and kind. It is a tribute to how much dignity he brings to this office in a time when our world needs it most, and I am excited for my own daughter, niece & nephews to be raised with his leadership.
Sean Polreis & Andrea Book
Educator & Apprentice
Charlie Clark has been a breath of fresh air in municipal politics & we wholeheartedly endorse him to continue as mayor. He is a true leader who does not ignore opposing views & always takes other peoples’ ideas into consideration when making decisions for Saskatoon. Charlie has created a stable, positive environment for politics in our city. He never uses scare tactics or speaks to the lowest common denominator (the default position of so many current politicians). We hope Saskatoon votes to continue on the progressive, forward thinking path we started when Charlie first took the helm of leadership for our city.
President & Owner, Vereco Smart Green Homes Ltd.
"Charlie Clark is the right leader to bring Saskatoon into the future. He has provided a solid balance of striving for growth, while being aware of the challenges that local businesses face. He champions financial sustainability, social inclusion, and the environment in our community. Charlie has worked hard to move Saskatoon forward. We need to keep that momentum going and continue making Saskatoon a 21st century city. I'm with Charlie."
Charlie Clark is a good man. He lives the values that are so important to all people, especially indigenous people. Those values include respect, truth, courage, honesty, humility, wisdom, and love.
Theatre Artist / 2020 Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholar
Charlie Clark is my choice for Mayor because he leads with his values.
He believes in good relations and spends time working with all people in our city to make sure we feel we belong here together.
I encourage you to support my friend Charlie Clark.
Passionate Saskatonian, Business Owner
Having worked with thousands of leaders across sectors in my career, I know Mayor Clark is the real deal. Clear convictions, competence, deep respect for people of all walks of life, and humility. A person of uncommon capacity and integrity. It’s never about his ego and always about our collective community interests. That’s effective municipal leadership.
He is an inclusive community builder, not a politician. Mayor Clark has stepped deeply into his responsibility to create forums that enable people and agencies to achieve shared purpose in the face of uncertainty. And we are all navigating unprecedented uncertainty, while our city works to effectively address wicked collective problems. There is momentum underway that Saskatoon must see through to fruition.
We need a sustained, collaborative approach more than ever in this era of derision and division. The right wing and the left wing belong to the same bird. Nowhere is it more important to focus on the bird than in municipal governance. Charlie Clark understands that and lives that.
Charlie Clark is a gift to Saskatoon. He is so proud of this city, and we are so proud of him. We encourage you, all people, to get out and vote. Let's show our appreciation for the gift that we have received, that gift being Charlie Clark.
Charlie is a leader who has a vision of how to make a great city even greater. He has never been a special interest mayor who seeks to benefit only certain groups but rather someone who considers the needs of all Saskatoon residents, works on their behalf and by so doing brings the city together.
Your youthfulness, your vision, your intelligence, and your team approach has been evident in all your decision-making.
I like how you are not afraid to step out of the expected and try new ways of seeing a city develop.
My observations sense a very sincere, sensible, well-mannered person who always keeps the best interests of his citizens in mind.
Thank you very much for your superb leadership. I look forward to seeing it continue.
Aubrey Anne Laliberte-Pewapisconias
Post-Secondary Student, University of Saskatchewan
As a post-secondary Indigenous student, I had the opportunity to meet Charlie Clark through a variety of different meetings and events. Through my experiences, he is genuinely kind, and truly put actions to his words. He takes the time to connect with the community around him whenever he can and looks out for our city's best interest. Before he became mayor, I had never been asked my opinion about what I wanted to see in this city as an Indigenous youth, but now I have a high appreciation for Charlie's dedication to hearing from every point of view. This is why I fully endorse Charlie Clark for re-election for Saskatoon Mayor.
Program Manager, University of Saskatchewan
Charlie continues to support the construction of a new central library, although I am concerned, as are many, about the cost.
He cares. If there is one thing that sets his public persona apart from major competitors, it is that he comes across as someone who cares about and for all Saskatoon's residents. I believe that to be true.
I think he is the best person for the job, especially in this precarious time of COVID-19. He can be both a peacemaker and a pacesetter.
Dr. Jaris Swidrovich, Assistant Professor, U of S, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition Pronouns: He/Him/His Saulteaux First Nations (Yellow Quill First Nation)
I have been so proud to be a citizen of Saskatoon under the leadership of Mayor Charlie Clark. From participating in a water ceremony with the Saskatoon Tribal Council prior to engaging in research about our city's relationship with the kisiskāciwani-sīpiy (Saskatchewan river), to being the grand marshal of the Pride parade, I have witnessed Mayor Clark work to ensure no one is left behind.
Professor Emerita, University of Saskatchewan
I was delighted, even relieved, when Charlie Clark announced he would seek a second term because Saskatoon turned a crucial corner with his election. Not long after, all of Council rode together on a fire engine in the Exhibition parade rather than following the tradition of elected officials riding in separate convertibles. To me that moment was symbolic of Charlie’s humility and invitation to all of us to come together to solve the City’s problems and to build a prosperous, environmentally sound future.
When he says he doesn’t want anyone to be left behind, I believe him because of his record of support for events, causes, and initiatives that seek to produce justice for the marginalized and a bright economic future for all Saskatonians.
Charlie has worked hard at building trust in the Indigenous community as I have seen repeatedly. As a mother and grandmother of an Indigenous and African daughter and granddaughters, and as a member of Iskwewuk E-wichiwitochik/Women Walking Together, a Saskatoon-based group that works on the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirits (MMIWG2S), I have particularly appreciated Charlie’s support for municipal action on Reconciliation and the National Inquiry into MMIWG2S’s Calls for Justice.
As someone who feels enriched by the artistic and intellectual life of the city, I am grateful for his support of the Remai Modern, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, the Saskatoon Public Library, and other Saskatoon arts and knowledge-building institutions.
As someone who has seen the agony of friends and colleagues losing a loved one to addiction or suffering the miseries of homelessness or the pain of homophobia, I’m grateful that Charlie doesn’t want simply to push such problems out of sight. Instead he acts collaboratively in such ways as initiating a Downtown Safety collaborative to work with the Lighthouse to develop strategies for safely, humanely, and responsibly decentralizing services in the Downtown. The new Interagency Response to Downtown Safety and Well-Being Sawēyihotān pilot project was born from this vision.
Moreover, Charlie is forward-looking and understands that the economic and social health of the city are indissolubly linked, as is evidenced by such successes as his work with the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority to create Saskatoon’s first Economic Growth Strategy, his Mayor’s Roundtable on Infill that streamlined development processes, and his energetic support for building on the success of local start-ups.
We can’t afford fear-based and divisive politics to take us off-track. We can’t afford to lose Charlie Clark as Mayor of Saskatoon!
Community Relations Manager, CanPacific Potash
There are 3 main reasons that make Charlie Clark our best candidate for Mayor:
With 10 years as a city councillor, and 4 years as Saskatoon’s Mayor, Charlie has a very good knowledge of where the city was, where it is now, and where we need to go in the future.
2. Charlie’s record as mayor:
Record investments in infrastructure repairs
- Lowest tax increases in the past 10 years
- Major expansion in sports and arts facilities for families, visitors and people of all ages
- Initiated multi-stakeholder workshop to address challenges and opportunities for development in the downtown core
3. Charlie’s passion for an all-inclusive community:
Throughout Charlie’s political career, he has demonstrated a sincere desire for Saskatoon to be a welcoming and inclusive community where all citizens and members feel safe, respected, and comfortable in being themselves and expressing all aspects of their identities.
Chief Strategy Officer, Vendasta Technologies
To me, Charlie isn’t a politician. He’s a community builder. I’m a strong believer that in his tenure he’s found a way to bring our community closer together. Unlike much of what we see around the world today, he doesn’t create polarization in our communities but has rather shown us that Saskatoon can have both and be both: we can build a vibrant, inclusive community while also fostering a strong local economy.
We can cherish our Saskatchewan identity while celebrating the diversity that others have enriched it with. He’s balanced public opinion with progress, heritage with innovation, past ideals with future necessities.
The record infrastructure investments he and council have made this year ensure we’re building a strong foundation for tomorrow, but the quality of life improvements they’ve made—the Remai, the Wonderhub, Merlis Belsher Place—ensure that we’ve invested in our community for many years to come.
Charlie represents a refreshing middle and his vision for Saskatoon is one I would like to be a part of.