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Toronto Star - Jul. 7, 2010 - By Editorial.
Fund Mississauga probe
With the cost of Mississauga’s ongoing judicial inquiry already outpacing its original budget, city council is being asked to vote today to double its allocation to $5 million. While politicians and taxpayers may have understandable concerns about the money spent on inquiries, the request for additional funding seems warranted in this case.
The Mississauga probe, headed by Justice Douglas Cunningham, has a double-barreled mission. In its first phase, it examined the municipality’s entanglement in a controversial utility deal. In its second phase, which began Tuesday, it is looking into conflict-of-interest allegations in a land deal involving Mayor Hazel McCallion’s son, Peter McCallion.
These are complex matters. A staff report to the city’s general committee last week indicated that almost $1 million has been spent so far on forensic investigators and a law firm assigned to support Cunningham. The city’s own legal and other expenses already exceed $850,000, and staff has made it clear that the $2.5 million originally budgeted for the inquiry isn’t nearly enough.
The inquiry has gone too far to cut it short now. All Mississauga residents — whether or not they support the mayor — would benefit from having some final answers and an end to the nagging uncertainties surrounding these issues.
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