THE DEMOCRATIC REPORTER
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Mississauga News - Aug. 5, 2010 - Letter by Geoffrey Kemp, Mississauga.
One opinion countsDear Editor:
The speculative tone and innuendo of the reports and commentary in Wednesday’s (Aug. 4) edition of The News does little for the reputation of the paper.
We can all speculate as to how the judicial inquiry is progressing, but the only opinion of value is that of the Commissioner.
One would expect him to decide whether statements of the financial status of Peter McCallion are true as part of his report and, at that time, Council should act accordingly.
The last sentence of the guest columnist has partial value: “The people of Mississauga should wake up.”
It is 37 days to the close of nominations for all council positions. Mayor McCallion has stated she will run and (Ward 6 Councillor) Carolyn Parrish is on record saying nobody can beat Hazel. If Hazel McCallion is the only name added to those already registered to run for mayor and she has to withdraw, for any reason, one of those already registered would be elected.
Perhaps The News could provide a feature article on each of those who have registered to run for mayor instead of speculating on the possibilities of the outcome of the judicial inquiry. We are paying $5 million for the only opinion that counts on that topic.
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Aug 8, 2010 9:11 PM
"The people of Mississauga should wake up.”
"..only opinion of value is that of the Commissioner.". That’s not right. In fact, the commissioner is expected to make his professional opinion based on the interpretation (e.g. the definition of “conflict of interest”) of the existing laws (or guidelines) that may relate to hazel and her cronies. The council itself stated that there is a “lack” of sufficient guidelines on this subject and they have proposed one recently. The major or ONLY benefit of the inquiry is that so much vital information (otherwise completely concealed from the public scrutiny) on the “corrupt inner workings” of the City Hall have been exposed to the public. The voters could make an “informed decision” on next election. Mississauga will survive beyond/without Hazel McCallion.
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Aug 7, 2010 11:08 AM
Candidates cannot withdraw after the close of nominations. The four day cooling off period, between registering and withdrawing, without consequence, has been removed. Due to precisely this type of game playing; which enabled individuals and organized groups to fix, manipulate or otherwise distort the nomination process by jumping in and out of a nomination on the last day is no longer permitted. Even if you were dead or otherwise incapacitated your name will remain on the ballot.
Aug 6, 2010 5:05 PM
This guy either needs an ear exam or should turn up the volume on the TV
I am sorry but is he some how ablivious to the paper trail presented at the Inquiry? Time to follow the discussion. The News got it right on that one.
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Aug 6, 2010 9:25 AM
@Muse: One possibility
Maybe he is assuming the withdrawal is after nominations are closed.
The Mississauga Muse
Aug 6, 2010 7:58 AM
This guy almost gets it save for one huge matzoh ball
This part. "If Hazel McCallion is the only name added to those already registered to run for mayor and she has to withdraw, for any reason, one of those already registered would be elected."HOW THE **H** DID BUDDY REACH THAT CONCLUSION?! LIKE...
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