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Mississauga News - Aug. 3, 2010 - By Editorial.
What price truth?Deny, deny, deny.
And, if that fails, forget, forget, forget.
Itís an old strategy that seems to be working just fine for some of those testifying at the City of Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, called to investigate issues in connection with the acquisition by the City of Mississauga of approximately 8.5 acres of land in the city centre.
Several of those who have shared their versions of transactions, would-be-transactions, relationships and deals throughout the inquiry have utilized the time-honoured method of avoiding the tough questions by not answering them.
Case in point: Peter McCallion, son of Mayor Hazel of the same last name, testified he didnít know he owned part of World Class Developments (WCD), a company he incorporated with the aim of building/selling a hotel and convention centre in the city core, for which he found partners and funding.
Apparently, having his mother witness a document that entitled him to 80 per cent of WCD shares didnít jog his memory either.
Faced with evidence he called at least a half-dozen meetings beginning in early 2003 with the man who would become his first investor in WCD, businessman Leo Couprie, McCallion couldnít recall why they were meeting ó in his motherís, Mayor McCallionís, private residence and at her sonís ďurgentĒ request. He could, however, remember they didnít discuss WCD.
The black Stetsoned McCallion, whose inquiry-related legal bills are being paid by Mississauga taxpayers, also didnít know he was entitled to a share of a $4 million settlement paid by OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) to WCD, a deal that should/could have netted him hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Where did that money go? Thereís no sense asking Peter McCallion; he wonít remember.
Denying and forgetting have become central themes in this inquiry thatís expected to cost taxpayers at least $5 million.
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ComeOn Aug 4, 2010 12:35 PM
Bang On News! Hit the Target!
To be blunt well said Mississauga News. This Inquiry is not about an icon, it is not about a 30 year legacy or how well built or not a city is or could be. This Inquiry is about getting some answers out of the murky dealings of a few individuals. If I seem somewhat angry at the Mayor it is because she has held herself out as holier than thou for years and yet this deal has been going on for years (2003 to 2009 as far as we have been told). Clearly the Mayor has been more than a little two faced with all of us. This editorial wipes past the BS.
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The Mississauga Muse Aug 4, 2010 7:14 AM
WOW! Who wrote this? Someone GETS IT!
I mean that Peter McCallion is not just using the David "I don't remember, I don't recall" O'Brien Defense but is perfecting it! AUTHOR! AUTHOR!
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Tony Jackson Aug 3, 2010 9:30 PM
Don't pay the legal bills.........
$5Million? just deny, forget and change the minutes/records.
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