At-large candidate Iqbal Khan told residents that reducing property taxes is one of his top priorities in this month’s municipal elections.
THUNDER BAY – Iqbal Khan has called Thunder Bay home for 26 years.
A business owner in the city for a quarter century, he says the Thunder Bay of today is not the same city it was when he first arrived.
He wants to help restore Thunder Bay to prosperity by building a safe and strong community, focusing on bringing new and better jobs to Thunder Bay so that those who live here can have a better quality of life and a more prosperous future.
In the year Kahn, who ran for City Council in 2010, said he has many ideas if elected on Oct. 24, including support for housing, including housing, better response to homelessness, and more funding for mental health. Guns and gangs centered around the city’s lucrative drug trade deal with growing problems and a large addiction treatment center.
“I lived in Thunder Bay  said Khan, who is one of the 24 candidates in the 2022 poll.
“A lot of my family lives in and around the GTA, and I see how they benefit from the city. They have money for houses and businesses, and I have never seen anything here. My kids always say, ‘Dad, this town is really falling apart.’ I have five children and I see that there is no hope for them, so I said I want to see what I can do.
First, he thinks the council should do what it can to reduce property taxes.
“My property tax is about $8,000 in Thunder Bay.”
Looking ahead, the council should really work to bring a plant centered around electric vehicle activity to the city, he said.
Countries like Great Britain and California have already set deadlines to end the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles in their states, and Thunder Bay is right in the middle of an area full of the natural resources needed to make electric vehicles.
“I also want to work for a railway to connect Thunder Bay, Nipigon, Marathon, Schreiber, Terrace Bay, Longlac and Geraldton so that our young generation in Thunder Bay can work in the mines and earn good money.”
He supports indoor turf, but only if the costs are covered outside of municipal tax dollars.
“We have to lobby the federal government and the state government. They give us the finance, not the city of Thunder Bay,” Khan said.
“Our government is not giving us millions of dollars.”
Khan said the city needs a strong police force, but not necessarily on every call.
“We don’t need to send armed cops out on the streets to pick up drunken troublemakers.”
Khan said he believes in Thunder Bay, but it must be willing to change in order for it to thrive again.
“If we bring in more industries, the industry can give to us. [tax] Money for the university, cooperative programs… and that way we can see prosperity,” Khan said, adding that the city should take advantage of its central position in the country.