Zaheed Ali Khan
Zaheed Ali Khan
Candidate for Mayor
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Question 1: What work experience do you have that’s relevant to the role of Mayor and how do you feel the skills and perspective you have gained will help you in your role as Mayor?
This is more relevant to life experience and every crack I have gone through from my diability (born illness) to every free resource I have found in our great city on my quest for knowledge. I helped Prasad Pandas campaign when We were Wildrose. I sat on the student board of sait 2012 and achieved many things from the Laurence decore to the gold award as well as many other outstanding awards throughout my lifetime.
Question 2: What do you think are the biggest issues affecting Calgary are, and how would you approach these issues as Mayor?
Sense of moral and municipal Pride is our biggest issues leading to an onslaught of mental health issues 1. Fund the pediatrician and create a CHS 2. CFS Must hand over everything to The municipality and or our nearly established CHS. Families will no longer be a business source and if so we will pay in house to clean and rehabilitate in house municipally.
Question 3: What do you think is the role of a municipal government? Do you think the City does too many things, not enough, or just the right amount?
Excellent question: the leaders struggle with a sense of loyalty to the very people they serve. The municipality can do more and reap the benefits of this. Too many third parties are being paid for what the council should be doing and is already paid for.
Question 4: Do you think property taxes are too high, too low, or just about right?
It is definitely not fair when it comes to the divide of poverty however if we could take 10% back or keep that from the Province as Its What we've paid and not received benefits of out of the 35% they take. This all depends on what can be done and or changed to high for the poor.. to low for the rich... that is the answer as well.
Question 5: Over the next four years, should the City spend less in absolute terms, increase spending but by less than the rate of inflation and population growth, increase by the rate of inflation and population growth, or increase faster than the rate of inflation and population growth?
I will try to answer to the best of my knowledge as I believe I would need to read the books from 1938 to now. If i can achieve what i am suggesting then the city could spend and make money at the same time while influencing the world on an economic comeback. inflation is absurd. The planet is regenerational so we as a species must embark or find a method of deflation. I would propose the gdp of 5g tech be used on this endeavor. until then we would have to see numbers.
Question 6: During the introduction of City Charters a few years ago there was a lot of debate about new taxation powers for the big cities. Would you support the City being given any additional taxation powers by the Province? If so, what taxation powers should the City have?
The ability to pay the province after they make their promises. We would want more control and or the right to the money that goes up first...
Question 7: The City often claims that they’ve found savings in various budgets, but instead of actually cutting spending, they just put the savings into a reserve account and then spend that money on other things. If there’s money left over at the end of a financial year, do you think that money should be saved up by the City to spend in future years? Or should it be returned automatically to taxpayers the following year through some kind of rebate?
It should be stuck into an insurance plan for the citizens and put on a day to day interest then paid back to the taxpayers. or even fund CHS to Any first responder as I have read all their safety guidelines. It is tragic and absurd it states minimal safety equipment...
Question 8: Everyone says they support affordable housing, but what does that term mean for you? Do you think the City should be subsidizing housing for lower-income residents? Or focused on keeping the cost of all housing from getting out of control? Or perhaps some combination of the two? If so, how?
We have too many vacant buildings that sit on municipal land. I say annex not destroy and create more dormitory style homes as people don't need so much space to live. The housing market is a shameful attack on humanity, however it'll take time for humanity to wake up and we will charge $500.00 a month to make money and create affordable housing.
Question 9: The Calgary Metropolitan Region Board is currently debating their Growth Plan for the Calgary region. What do you think about the plan? Do you think we should be limiting development in certain parts of the region? If so, are you worried about how that will affect housing affordability?
Why are we wasting money... Let's fix and or build up wards we will flood again; however when it happens again Calgary will become the swamp we disassembled and built upon. by creating an aqueduct to the reserves and having them allow us land to flood in case of such an emergency.
Question 10: There’s been a lot of debate about the City’s new “Guidebook for Great Communities”. What do you think about the Guidebook? What do you think should be the split between greenfield and established community growth for new housing? Should the City have a specific target? Should this be determined by market demand?
The guide book has created major controversy and must be dismantled and carefully put back together.green fields should be protected not developed. When we have a major market demand then we will step into that future as a city.
Question 11: When the City voted to approve four projects - the Event Centre, the BMO Centre expansion, the Arts Commons transformation, and the Foothills Fieldhouse - they did so against the advice of the City’s own CFO, who said the City could only afford one of them. Do you think that was the right move? Why? If, as the City continues through the process with each of these projects, it becomes obvious that the City’s CFO was correct, and Calgarians can only afford one of these projects, which would you choose?
As previously mentioned most leaders or so they say come from money and or make it to not feel what would affect the normal tax payers in their own constituency I would choose the Field house, and then find the funding for the arts as we do in fact need both and just can't afford it at the moment. the City's CFO was correct.
Question 12: Do you support the construction of the Green Line LRT as currently envisioned by the City, would you prefer changes be made to the plan (and if so, what changes), or would you prefer to cancel the project entirely? If, as Mayor, you find out that - despite all the previous assurances - there has in fact been another cost overrun on the Green Line, what would you do?
No I do not as we need to assess the project properly, however i do believe it is more of a provincial issue as well. We already know it's too costly at the moment. but I would make it a priority to find the entities and funding to get it done. If we could make changes that allow us to do this quicker and cheaper but in a properly safe manner. I would make it happen.
Question 13: What do you think is the best approach to attract businesses to Calgary? Direct incentives to specific businesses, paid for by slightly higher taxes, or lower tax rates for all businesses?
If and when we are able to fix the city from within, not just change numbers and statistics, and when the business and people come together, by achieving my Child benefits and all the things I am proposing the businesses will come to calgary.
Question 14: Should the City be in the business of operating golf courses, or should they privatize or sell them off? How about garbage collection or other services?
We should own our golf course as it generates good commerce and mental health The city can do so much more in house and reap the benefits of it.
Question 15: Should we defund the police? If yes, what exactly does defunding the police mean to you? If not, what should the City do to address both historical and ongoing injustices?
No, they are already at 0.06:1 ratio to the general population. We must give them insurance and allow them a peace of mind as first responders. The city will take care of them and or their families.
Question 16: Do you support the City’s mandatory vaccination policy for City employees?
I do not support vaccination passports.
Question 17: Council recently dropped residential speed limits to 40km/h, do you agree with that decision, and what do you think about the proposal by some to go further and drop it to 30km/h in the future?
We don't need to drop or increase any speed limits at the moment to much cost on signage.
Question 18: For years there has been an ongoing debate about the City’s public art spending. Some say that the problem is the selection process for what art is commissioned, while others are opposed to any use of public funds for art. What do you think?
Mandate building codes to include art and free up funding for art and education to be more cooperative. Mental health and is huge the city needs art funding. however i propose fund the schools and incorporate childrens are as well we don't have to pay them for that.
Question 19: Serving as Mayor you are elected by and responsible to all Calgarians, but some policies and government actions inherently benefit one part of the City at the expense of another. How would you deal with a situation where you feel that the best interests of some Calgarians conflict with the best interests of Calgarians in other parts of the City?
Well that just seems morally unjust. I would speak on this and find a solution so every citizen and or community could benefit in some shape form or manner.
Question 20: While the concept of a secret ballot is essential, many of our supporters have told us that they’d like to know the political alignment of their candidates. So, if - and only if - you feel comfortable saying so, who are you voting for in your local ward race and why, and if you are affiliated with any provincial or federal political parties, which ones and why?
I was Wildrose, I am still researching platforms for benefits. I have signed up for a cpp membership however im not an active nor do I reflect there party.