Hira Chopra is married with two children and has been a member of this community for 34 years.
Hira has served on city council for 18 years and was for five years the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District board chairperson.
Hira is employed at Alberni Pacific Division (APD) Sawmill and owns several successful local businesses. He also has served on the board of the chamber of commerce for 15 years, the board of the USW Local I-85 for six years, the Island Coastal Economic Trust for five years and is a longtime member of the Port Alberni Rotary Club.
He has a Bachelors of Economics, a Masters degree in history and a diploma in physical education. He was a teacher in India for six years before emigrating to Canada.
Hira’s vast experience provides him with the necessary tools to be a successful mayor. His goals include a residential tax freeze for two years, fiscal transparency and accountability through more regular public reporting, actively reducing the “red tape” at city hall to make it easier to attract investors and for them to succeed, and to work with all levels of government, private industries and businesses to promote investment and growth.
Hira believes the city needs to act and operate like a business and his experience and training will allow him to work with staff, councillors and all levels of government, business and industry to achieve these goals.
Hira knows how the system works at city hall. He will work with Valley leadership to draw up a regional municipality and will encourage people in business to move here.
Hira has both a union and a business background.
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