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Joining the race

At-large Coun. Ken Boshcoff signs his papers to run for mayor Tuesday morning.
Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
At-large Coun. Ken Boshcoff signs his papers to run for mayor Tuesday morning.
By tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- Ken Boshcoff wants to be a sparkplug for the community's economic engine.

The current at-large councillor, former Liberal MP and mayor from 1997 to 2003 said it's part of the reason numerous people have been telling him for months to run for mayor again, which he made official Tuesday morning.

"It made me think and I realized that with my experience and leadership qualities and some of the other things that really count in a community, energy, drive time management, good organization, that this was time for me to come back in that capacity," he said outside of the clerk's office at city hall.

As mayor, Boshcoff said he can get economic development moving more quickly and better than city council can currently.

"Perhaps it's my business experience that will allow me to take that a little faster, a little stronger and probably more forcefully to ensure economic development happens in the way it should in our community," he said.

He's not looking to cause any animosity with current mayor Keith Hobbs, who filed for re-election in January. Boshcoff thinks the two can run positive, dignified campaigns based on ideas and attributes.

"You don't have to do it in a mean-spirited way," he said.

Boshcoff said he wants to see the community realize its full economic potential. As for the city's major issues, people are keeping a close eye on the city's books.

"For sure it is taxation and the way we do business but also overriding all of that, people understand it's economic development," he said.

When he filed, Hobbs said he was probably the hardest-working mayor in the city's history, which at the time Boshcoff said was insulting and offensive to others who have served.

Boshcoff and Hobbs are also running against Douglas MacKay.

Mackay in 2006 ran against Lynn Peterson. Peterson won the contest with 85 per cent of the vote. Mackay received 1,988 votes, behind Jim Gamble's 2,733 votes.



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Jack Frost says:
Dismal choices !!
6/18/2014 6:08:23 PM
bttnk says:
Do people really view this as an alternative to Hobbs? People must really have short memories. Do we forget the state of this city during Ken's tenure as mayor? It was a low time for the city where we saw almost to progress.

I am all for having options, but I don't view Boshcoff as a reasonable choice.
6/18/2014 1:27:50 PM
Shane Caker says:
Then don't vote for him. Would you rather have an ex cop with zero business experience running our multi million $ business, or someone with actual business experience. Go Ken.
6/19/2014 12:00:02 AM
fairlane says:
You obviously forgot the dysfunctional council he had to work with back then. Remember Orville and the crew? It didn't matter who you had as mayor back then. That was a play-pen that couldn't be fixed.
6/19/2014 1:24:06 AM
King Farouk says:
good grief! Just another step backward for this city.
6/18/2014 12:41:23 PM
rootbear says:
MacKay doesn't stand a chance!!!
6/18/2014 12:08:20 PM
BlueJay12 says:
Maybe when Rob Ford loses his gig in Toronto...he'll take a 'CRACK' at the Mayor seat up here! Oh god that was good.....
6/18/2014 12:08:11 PM
Stucky says:
Why is everyone here so happy?
For starters Boshcoff has been a pretty vocal fan of an event center from the start...http://www.magic999.ca/news/events-centre-speech-ken-boshcoff-0
He is a career politician who flip flops only to get voted in. I don't trust people who aren't straight shooters.
6/18/2014 11:53:20 AM
tex_mex-fry says:
Vote Quimby
6/18/2014 11:12:20 AM
boofer69 says:
See ya later Hobbs
6/18/2014 10:48:44 AM
But..... says:
My question is - do I want to elect a mayor who will take a leave to run in a Federal election mid-term?
6/18/2014 9:19:34 AM
joepublic says:
Great news, finally a real choice. But its not a cake walk Ken. Whats your position on the event centre. Not some wishy washy answer. This is the question each candidate should be asked

Do you think Thunder Bay should borrow $50m to build this centre? Yes or No

6/18/2014 9:12:34 AM
bttnk says:
@joepublic - We already know both Hobbs and Boshcoffs stance on the event centre. Both support it 100% and both are staunchly against any form of plebiscite. Unless one or both decide to flip-flop on their stance, we know exactly what we are getting as it relates to the event centre.
6/18/2014 1:38:32 PM
YQT says:
Bring in the veteran, set the rookie aside !!
6/18/2014 8:05:47 AM
Meta says:
Go my vote plus all the other folks I will be telling to vote for you Ken.

Mr Hobbs has turned out to be one of the biggest mayoral disappointments in this City. Time to go Keith!
6/18/2014 7:56:51 AM
comments unavailable says:
Ken when to do start your "Walkabout Tuesday's" LOL
6/18/2014 7:28:03 AM
Watchmaker says:
While I am a bit indifferent on Mayor Hobbs (to me he has done some good things and some things that have been questionable), I DO have a lot of personal respect for Mr. Boshcoff. I watched carefully his term at Mayor which saw one of the most dysfunctional and disruptive city councils I have seen since I moved here in 1985.

If anyone wants to see what a BAD mayor is like, just look south to Ontario's capital and the gong show that continues in that fair city.
6/18/2014 7:05:25 AM
tbay87 says:
Hobbs seems like a decent enough guy, but his political inexperience really shows sometimes (some of his comments around the event center have been a bit bizarre especially).

Boshcoff will probably do okay, he isn't exactly the most inspiring candidate, but generally seems competent. I'd really like to see Bentz run for mayor though: his track record isn't perfect either but he's usually the one asking the best questions at council meetings.
6/18/2014 2:05:13 AM
big joe mufferaw says:
Thank goodness. This will put some dignity back in city leadership...a mayor who listens and responds rather than one who pushes ideas down the public throat...one that regards the public with respect rather than distain...Thank you for taking up this challenge Ken.
6/18/2014 1:18:24 AM
dmrocs says:
A lot have complained over the years about how Thunder Bay keeps re-electing the same old counsellors each election and how stuck in the past this City is. Ive been a supporter of Ken's for years, but feel that going in his direction for Mayor would be a step backwards. Lets stay progressive folks!!
6/18/2014 12:02:19 AM
Realistic-rose says:
I totally agree, everyone complains but keeps,voting in the same people over and over...Ken is NOT a good choice or welcome change....he is not change at all!
6/18/2014 9:50:23 AM
Baor says:
Such high praise on here for someone who has been nothing but a professional politician his whole life. Some have short memories of a man who really accomplished nothing at all levels of government. He's a has-been for a reason.
6/17/2014 11:34:45 PM
jimmyboy says:
Well we all just got an early CHRISTMAS gift....kiss your office desk and chair goodbye HOBBS...:)
6/17/2014 11:00:10 PM
jonthunder says:
Nothing at all wrong with we voters having a legitimate choice, and that these candidates are; I wish them both luck and a healthy campaign....j
6/17/2014 9:08:58 PM
Cletus Van Damme says:
Bwa ha ha ha ha!
bye-bye mister "tough on crime"!
6/17/2014 9:06:29 PM
alarmforce says:
I like the comment, that this will create a vacancy in at large alderman race. Also look forward to Boshcoff "not being on council". What you going to do next Kenny ??
6/17/2014 8:55:33 PM
Eastender says:
One question Kenny. If you win, will we see a plebiscite on this so called event centre?
6/17/2014 8:10:51 PM
orca says:
What happened to chezhank? I hope he was still allowed to run.
6/17/2014 7:40:46 PM
Kam River says:
Ken is a leader not a bully
Works with people, does not force his ideas down people throats
Crime as not an issue when Ken was mayor he worked with the community and the police
Remember Hobbs was not allowed on the police services board
6/17/2014 7:30:30 PM
Jon Powers says:

"And I can't remember a single notable thing he ever did - locally or federally".

1997 Plebiscites TBRHSC & Casino!

I thought you were all about "Progressive Developments"?

I guess you don't count the "Casino Slot Revenue" either?

Just not by Plebiscites?

Don't you want to vote yes to the "Mulit-Plex"?

Great Posts!
6/17/2014 7:20:54 PM
fastball says:
Is this stupid plebiscite the ONLY thing going on in this city? Is this the ONLY issue that people can see? Counter to popular thinking, there are a myriad of things going on that need addressing OTHER than some plebiscite.
Beware of focusing on single topics and one-issue thinking. That's the way you end up with idiots like Rob Ford in office.
Personally speaking, plebiscites are a handy and convenient way for politicians to absolve themselves of any personal responsibility on making a decision for themselves. I don't really like the notion of people making decisions on issues that they know relatively little about - or issues that they made their minds up years ago.
And Casino Slot revenues are a JOKE! What do we get...a couple of measly percentages? We should have held out for double digits at the very least. Big deal...less than a million for putting this thing in our community. We sold out easy and cheap on that!
6/18/2014 8:58:46 AM
Mrbusinessman says:
Oh well, I was really hoping for someone new, younger with some fresh ideas to take on Hobbs. This is just more of the old guard marching on & on & on & ..... We need new younger people to take up the reins of the city.
6/17/2014 6:49:09 PM
livewire says:
You have my vote Ken.
Bye Bye to Hobbs the FLIPPER.
6/17/2014 5:22:05 PM
hadenough says:
Only Signman seems to see the real silver lining in this announcement. Scary
Likely the same people who have been very silent since the provincial election returned the Liberals to a majority are now forecasting the demise of the incumbent and the re-election of a name recognition achieve nothing flip flop candidate.
6/17/2014 5:19:57 PM
Enquirer says:
Wow! Wow! Wow! Guys, why are you all acting like this is a game changer?! Aren't you all forgetting about another important candidate?!

What about that maverick, Henry "Mayor in Waiting" Wojak?! Surely he is the biggest threat to Hobbs' reelection!!!!!!!11111

6/17/2014 5:03:06 PM
Samoa Joe says:
Just like your favorite quarterback Peyton Manning, you are about to get whipped on election night Hobbs. Super Bowl was over in the first 12 seconds, Hobbs won't last that long either on election night. They'll announce boschcoff as the mayor very shortly after the polls close.

You don't bite the hand that feeds you hobbs, turning your back on the citizens who voted for you. Hobbs get used to learning how to grocery shop again because your days eating free meals are coming to an end just like your embarrassing 4 year term as mayor.
6/17/2014 4:57:23 PM
comments unavailable says:
Our prayers have been answered!
6/17/2014 4:50:00 PM
TBDR says:
Oh look the same crew that said Hobbs would get smoked last election are saying he'll get smoked this election... by a guy who did zero in his last term. I'm guessing we'll all look back at this article and laugh when Hobbs gets re-elected.
6/17/2014 4:29:32 PM
comments unavailable says:
There you are! I haven't seen you on here lately
With Hobb's self destructing all on his own I wonder why!
It is not the same names or crew as you put it. More and more are starting to see the real Hobbs! Just look at some of the reason articles on this site. One comes to mind just after the Ontario Provincial Election and a certain campaign. Don't get me started on campaigning/promises because you and I both know that can be a joke just to get elected wink wink
6/18/2014 7:37:04 AM
Molly says:
Where are all the young(ER) people.
Would be nice to see someone step up other than the tired old gang.

To me Boshcoff represents the tired old bunch . He has dined at the Public trough for as long as I can remember
6/17/2014 4:24:43 PM
signman says:

Ken Boshcoff--The community has already had their say of the Event Centre. The last election itself was a de facto referendum on an Event Centre " Therfore the community has already indicated very positively that they understand the Gardens must be replaced and a proper facility constructed."( TBNewswatch Feb 13 2014)

Mayor Hobbs--" I think that should go to a plebiscite" he said, adding the electorate should vote on any Big-Ticket items. (TBNewswatch Sept. 23, 2010)
6/17/2014 4:21:44 PM
Tachyion says:
Orville Santa.....where are you? We await your return, oh great one, to clean up this mess. Seriously...run...you will get elected! We have been through the current set of clowns....your destiny awaits.
6/17/2014 4:03:15 PM
mercy mercy me says:
we got our Larry, now we got our Curly, let's have our Aldo!
6/17/2014 3:44:09 PM
Who-cares says:
Best news I have heard in a very long time. Good luck as our new Mayor Ken.
6/17/2014 3:13:14 PM
REG says:
You people call this an option come on. How soon you all forget this was the guy who gave you your grid lock hospital. Wake up people you can't live in the past and he is it. The future is now.
6/17/2014 3:09:51 PM
Glyder says:
Yes, 1 guy did that. Only 1. No one else, no other levels of government, no other consultants, no other Councillors had any discussions or input. Just him. 1 person. Alone, made all the decisions.

Yup. 1
6/18/2014 8:46:30 AM
NowayJose says:
Thank you Ken!
You have my vote!
6/17/2014 3:04:56 PM
progress now says:
This is very good news.

6/17/2014 2:59:04 PM
druidinthemist says:
Mr. Hobbs, remember how you were going to hit the streets and get the opinion of citizens. remember how you would never put the city on a course without a plebicite. Remember how you were going to eliminate crime. good bye, Mr. Hobbs.
6/17/2014 2:25:25 PM
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westfort resident says:
Great news! Finally, something to look forward to in the upcoming municipal election. Good luck to Mr. Boshcoff.
6/17/2014 12:54:12 PM
smartguy83 says:
Terrible news. I really hope he does not plan to go back to the old ways of Council. Sit and watch the city erode....
6/17/2014 12:29:38 PM
Dockboy says:
Well Mr. Hobbs, it doesn't look your going to be a shoe in after all. You got competition now, and my money says your a one term mayor.
6/17/2014 12:16:27 PM
blacksheep says:
Finally the option to vote for a real mayor Thank you Ken
6/17/2014 11:53:16 AM
signman says:
The best thing about this is it will create a vacancy in the at large category in the Oct 27 municipal election.

Hopefully we will get someone, unlike what we now have on council that will attempt to lower our taxes and stop this unaffordable Event Centre.
6/17/2014 11:23:22 AM
RicknB says:
Remember he helped with the cancelation of the spring bear hunt.
6/17/2014 10:54:11 AM
tiredofbull$ says:
If he was a MP for the federal government, how did he help cancel the spring bear hunt which is governed by the provincial government and MPP's ? Please explain because maybe I missed something from back then.
6/17/2014 4:45:46 PM
RicknB says:
He hosted a dinner with PETA here in Thunder Bay, regarding ending the spring bear hunt and voted to cancel it.
6/18/2014 9:42:55 AM
opinions2014 says:
Awesome, mind you Hobbs has also been good so was Boshkoff. All i can say is, it takes alot to stand up and take a stand for ALL people and their concerns. I personally have no interest in doing such a job. So my two thumbs up for such people who stand for ALL people.
6/17/2014 10:48:10 AM
fairlane says:
Excellent news. I don't want to slag Keith, but this is the time where we really need experience.

Ken's been down that road before. He's also been an MP. He had a rough go as Mayor last time around...but remember the disfunctional crew he had as councillors.

Best of luck!
6/17/2014 10:44:07 AM
fastball says:
And I can't remember a single notable thing he ever did - locally or federally. A politician with his finger firmly pointed in the breeze - just to catch which way the wind is blowing - and hence, frame his opinion.
He's the white bread of candidates.
6/17/2014 2:40:03 PM
comments unavailable says:
Well if Boshcoff is white bread of candidates...Hobbs is moldy bread and needs to be thrown out!
6/17/2014 5:32:05 PM
SomeGuy says:
White Bread is terrible though...
6/18/2014 7:43:48 AM
eventscentre says:
There you go again, ridiculing people for having an opinion that differs from yours. Tell us, what has Hobbs done that is so notable-besides spend other people's money?
6/17/2014 6:13:35 PM
fastball says:
@eventcentre - you seem to have a very liberal definition of "ridiculing". Did I make fun of the original commenter? Did I call anyone names? Did I call his opinion stupid.
I merely expressed my opinion - and did so without insult or injury to the original poster.
6/18/2014 7:53:18 AM
eventscentre says:
Ah, typical. Don't answer my question, just get defensive. Maybe you should run for mayor monsieur fastball, or be Keith's PR man
6/18/2014 6:53:54 PM
fairlane says:
Uh, idunno. I thought being an integral part of getting making the Regional Hospital was pretty good.

Last fall Hobbs said he was the best mayor ever. Just wondering....what did he do that was so spectacular?
6/17/2014 11:08:48 PM
tiredofbull$ says:
Not sure why TBNewswatch did not post my first response to you, since most of your comments always seem to get printed even though most are derogatory to someone else you are responding to, so I will try again. Looks like you are making a racist comment calling Ken "He's the white bread of candidates". You were just calling out Tamara Johnson for her racist comments then you go and do the same. Also what has Hobb's (in my opinion he does not deserved to be called mayor or even Mr.) done for us, he certainly flip flopped on the plebiscite issue, and even said the citizen's of Thunder Bay are not educated enough to make a decision regarding the multiplex, who is he to make a comment like that and most of the citizens of Thunder Bay are educated enough on their personal finances to know if they can afford to pay for it or not. He fooled me once in voting for him but definitely not a second time. Ken Boshcoff just threw Hobb's a fastball and will strike him out in the next election.
6/18/2014 3:15:20 AM
Stucky says:
If you're tired of bull why make more?
White bread is not racist. It's a colloquial meaning. Typical middle class boring, bland, un imaginative and outdated is what it means.
Try visiting a library or bookstore once in a while.

Boshcoff flip flopped from PC to liberal and helped cancel the spring bear hunt. Pretty flip floppy to me.
6/18/2014 11:48:14 AM
tiredofbull$ says:
Thanks for replying and nice try on an explanation from a dictionary that has only been around since 1999 (urban dictionary). Racism is more than race, colour of skin, sexual preference, etc..
Here is another meaning of racism (you know a word has more than one meaning sometimes don't you)
= unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice

Now I will give you one definition of prejudice
= An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts.

So again nice try Stucky & Fastball and I will state it again, I voted for Hobb's the last time and he flip flopped on his last campaign promises, so this time I will vote for Boshcoff or someone else and if they mess up like Hobb's has in their term as mayor, I will vote for somebody different again in the election after that. I will never vote for somebody that shows no respect for the people they represent.
6/19/2014 12:45:55 AM
fastball says:
Describing someone as "white bread" is RACIST?? Seriously? Wow.
Stupid me - I thought it was to describe something as bland and nondescript. But hey, what do I know? My apologies to white bread everywhere. Question, though...when I order white wine with my next restaurant meal, do I need to attend cultural sensitivity classes?
I did not call Ms. Johnson out on her comments. I merely expressed an opinion that if you start commenting that close on racial/cultural issues, don't cry if you get backlash.
Just to continue on your baseball analogy - I'd change Mr. B's electoral pitch to a knuckleball. It's thrown gingerly, no one knows where it's going - and its subject to every changing wind current out there.
6/18/2014 11:48:27 AM
rob20 says:
Dear Mr.Hobbs, have you seen the movie Backdraft? To quote Firefighter Brian McCaffrey:

"You see that flash of light in the corner of your eye? That's your career dissipation light. It just went into high gear."
6/17/2014 10:09:37 AM
ring of fire dude says:
And take Commisso with you !!!
6/17/2014 11:41:07 AM
Canterwood says:
Yes please.
6/17/2014 10:53:06 PM
musicferret says:
Finally! Real option rather than Hobbs!
I'll wait to hear his full platform, but at least its nice to have a legitimate choice.
6/17/2014 10:09:22 AM
Common cents says:
It won't be much of a race!

Do the right thing Hobbs and step aside now!
6/17/2014 9:04:18 PM
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