THUNDER BAY, ON   -----  September 26, 2011 – Thunder Bay City Council is asking all candidates running in the Mayor Keith HobbsOctober 6, 2011 Provincial election to identify where they stand on issues important to the City of Thunder Bay and residents.

Mayor Keith Hobbs stated "The most important question for the city, Hobbs said, is on an industrial hydro rate and whether any of the parties will bring the rate down to 3-to-5 cents per kilowatt hour in order to be more competitive.

Ontario Hydro customers are now paying 10 cents per kilowatt hour during the peak day times hours and the McGuinty Government are paying wind mill producers 80 cents per kilowatt hour.

“City Council wants to know where the candidates stand on the issues that are important to the City of Thunder Bay and ensure members of our community have strong representation on key issues as our community continues to grow and evolve,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs.

Letters have been sent to provincial election candidates with questions asking for their personal views and party positions on several issues that City Council believes are of importance to the future of Thunder Bay.

Chair of the Intergovernmental Liaison Committee, Councillor Joe Virdiramo also stated: “The City works very closely with all levels of government and the issues put forward are key priorities for the City, and should come as no surprise to each of the candidates.”

The questions ask Thunder Bay-area candidates for their opinions on things like the Northern Growth Plan, infrastructure funding, energy policies and more.

Candidate responses will be posted during the week before the October 6, 2011 Provincial election.

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