New candidate Hazem Aslan enters Winnipeg mayoral race
Former Iraq-refugee wants to cut spending at Winnipeg’s city hall
There are now nine people in the race to become Winnipeg’s next mayor.
Hazem Aslan filed papers Friday at city hall. The former Iraq-refugee operates a Handi-Transit company in Winnipeg.
Aslan moved to Canada 15 years ago. He said he wants to eliminate the city’s small business tax, control spending and build an administration that listens to citizens.
“The management doesn’t listen to the taxpayers, to the voters,” said Aslan. “We’ve been calling every year. We call 311, and we see snow plows in the road when they don’t need it.”
He said Winnipeg doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.
Aslan, who went the University of Winnipeg, wants to tackle issues like plowing, frozen pipes, accountability and transparency.