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Toronto Star - Oct. 6, 2009 - By Raveena Aulakh Staff Reporter
Hazel McCallion appears on Live with Regis
She laughed, joked, even sang.
Days after Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion found herself facing a judicial inquiry into allegations of conflict of interest, she seems to be on a public relations offensive.
On Saturday, she was in the audience at Casino Rama where Regis Philbin – of the New York-based Live with Regis and Kelly television show – was performing. He recognized her, called her on stage and the two crooned part of the song "You Made Me Love You" as the audience cheered.
Tuesday morning, McCallion was on Live With Regis and Kelly.
Dressed in a black suit with a black and pink scarf around her neck, she looked at ease as she bantered lightly with the two hosts. She sat in the audience as Philbin introduced her as the 88-year-old mayor of the town "adjacent to Toronto."
There was loud applause when she replied that she had been the mayor for 31 years.
The two joked briefly about the "Mississauga International Airport" – meaning Pearson, which is in Mississauga.
Kelly Ripa, Philbin's co-host, told the silver-haired McCallion: "I feel like you are in charge of everything happening here right now." To which, McCallion demurred: "It's a team approach."
McCallion is in New York City for a conference, executive assistant Carol Horvat said. The visit to the show wasn't planned, she said. "But we knew it might be a possibility."
It wasn't known immediately which conference McCallion is attending.
Philbin has become something of a friend to McCallion. He performed at a party last year in Mississauga celebrating her 30 years in office.
McCallion is facing a judicial review into allegations of conflict of interest after the Star unearthed documents showing her involvement in a $14.4 million land deal that was being brokered by her son, Peter McCallion.
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