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Comments by others to this web-page 15.

Toronto Sun - Aug. 13, 2009 - By Joe Warmington

Huzzahs for Hurricane Hazel

Mississauga's mayor vows to run again and win her 12th term.
Any contenders?

"It's great Hazel McCallion is running since she is a year older than me and I can hardly walk"

-- Comic legend Gordie Tapp, 87.


Not only is Mayor Hazel McCallion running but she's also fishing, playing hockey, working 16-hour days and keeping Mississauga's books in the black, too.

Yes, it looks like Hurricane Hazel has plenty of wind in those sails yet.

"I am going to run," the 88-year-old Mississauga mayor said yesterday of her intentions for the 2010 election.

Of course, her official announcement won't come until January when candidates register.

But on board the Salmon Express charter boat off of Port Credit, she made it clear.

"Even the premier asked me that this week," she says while on board with a group that included Burlington Mayor Cam Jackson, Gordie Tapp of Hee Haw fame and Great Ontario Salmon Derby chairman Walter Oster.

"At this point I have no plans to retire.  I am in excellent health and I love this job," she said.

If she follows through and wins, it will be to seek her 12th term as mayor -- the title she has held since 1978.

Born Feb. 14, 1921, it would see her sworn into office just weeks shy of her 90th birthday and if she finishes the four years it would have her just shy of 94.

"She's just trying to beat my major city record of 31 years," jokes former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman.  "I hope she goes until she is 100.  Who is better than Hazel?  Noooobody."

"She's like Fidel Castro or Queen Elizabeth II in longevity -- only elected," jokes comedian Frenchie McFarlane.  "And like them, was in office to witness a Maple Leaf Stanley Cup parade."

Canada's longest serving mayor may be Westport's Bill Thake at 40 years but it appears already McCallion is Canada's oldest mayor.

"I love the people of Mississauga and as long as my health is good and I feel I can manage the large agenda I will be there," she says.

Of course, running is kind of the wrong way to describe it since McCallion has never lost an election, doesn't campaign and won in 2005 by 92% of the vote.

But with a coy look in her face, she hinted she would welcome all comers?  Could it mean a battle royale between Hurricane Hazel and her perceived rival, former MP and Ward 6 Mississuaga Councillor Carolyn Parrish?

"If somebody feels they can do this job better they should put their name on the ballot.  It's good for democracy," says McCallion, who spent a lot of time on the fishing charter on the phone working.

Not happening, says Parrish.  "I would never run against her.  She is an icon and to do that would be disrespectful."

McCallion says the described acrimony between the two is a myth.  "She is a hard worker and we get along fine."

Either way, the last thing Parrish would want to do is get into any kind of race with the much-loved Hurricane.

"I think the mayor's knees are better than mine," jokes Parrish, 62, adding she also knows, "I would lose."

Parrish adds with a laugh she is "patient" and will wait her turn.  At Hazel's pace, that patience might get tested.



31 years - Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion has been in office since 1978.

38 years - Raymond Lagace of Atholville, N.B., has led his community since 1971.

40 years - Westport, Ont., Mayor Bill Thake has been the village's leader since 1969.

Comments by others, 15, to this web-page;

D.     August 14th 2009, 3:17am

To Tom Beshoff:

You have a mayor now that will be a legend. Just not for the same reasons.

Steve Watson     August 13th 2009, 7:44pm

As someone who grew up in the bueatiful little village of Westport On, in the heart of the gorgeous Rideau Lakes region of Eastern Ontario, I`ve only known one Mayor, Bill Thake. 40 years! An accredible acheivement for sure. However, at 88, Hazel McCallion is truly an inspiration. I wish her all the best in the next election.


Hazel for PM     August 13th 2009, 5:21pm

Could you imagine if Hazel were running this country or Province, how much better things would be? Balanced budgets, government supluses and "the buck stops here" accountability is EXACTLY what our Provincial and Federal leaders are missing. Keep going Hazel, every other politician in Canada needs to know how high you have set the bar with respect to being a political leader, and they all have a very long road ahead of them to catch up!

Tom Beshoff     August 13th 2009, 4:21pm

Mississauga has a legend and we here in Toronto are stuck with an idiot.

sayed     August 13th 2009, 1:04pm

To Hazel
We just just our citizenship last year. Our family ( 5) will vote for you only for Mayor ; and not for those people in Ward 6 who are using our ethniticity and diversity to further their own political careers. I think the former MP , Parish would be wise to retire // didn't realize she was "on pension" also. And I work for $13.86 per hour

charles     August 13th 2009, 12:52pm

Hazel..We are with you 100 %.
P. LiitleCD and Vez below have said it all for all the good citizens of Mississauga. Cast -off MP's should not be allowed to run especially when they are double dipping their huge MP pensions.. totally shameful !! and greedy ...ABP !!!
Hazel... we need you more than ever !!

tim     August 13th 2009, 12:09pm

Go for it, Hazel!!

R. Stephens     August 13th 2009, 11:58am

Hats off to Hazel McCallion and Best of Luck in 2010! She is a rare breed of Politician in today's society - Hazel has honesty, integrity and efficiency. I think I can speak for all Canadians when I say I sincerely wish this country had a thousand more Politicians like her at all levels of Government.

If there were more of her, there would be fewer of the others.

Best Regards Hazel!

P. LittleCD     August 13th 2009, 11:43am

If the people of Mississauga like her and she does a good job why shouldn't she run! At least it seems all is good there, too bad about us in TO! Parrish is a liberal mouth piece, she wouldn't dare run if she couldn't have a good chance. people are not that stupid, just in TO where they vote in Miller and his cronies back to back and then again in 2010! Parrish states that her knees are not as good as Hazel's, must be all that liberal ass kissing that liberals are famous for!!!!

Jack     August 13th 2009, 10:14am

Maybe all of our countrys top POLITICIANS could take a lesson or two from this great lady. But I guess that would make TOO MUCH SENSE to them. All the best of good luck to you Hazel. Hopefully some of the fore mentioned Politicians will be lining up for some good sensible advice from you on how to run a country with some ACCOUNTABILITY of the TAXPAYERS MONEY. All the best.

Bolo     August 13th 2009, 9:40am

It's an honour to live in a city managed by the last politician with some integrity.  Thank you Hazel for all your hard work.


RV     August 13th 2009, 9:39am

Hazel Rules. She will always get my vote Mississauga is well managed city. Miller and his left wing gang of PINKOS can all take a lesson from her no nonsense approach to running a city. As for Carolyn Parrish, we all know how respectful she is with that potty mouth of hers.

Raine     August 13th 2009, 8:57am

Hazel's the best. She has my vote too. Carolyn Parrish is smart to not even bother. I wish she would go to some other city and leave us alone.

Vez    August 13th 2009, 8:53am

'Not happening, says Parrish. "I would never run against her. She is an icon and to do that would be disrespectful." '

LOL. Who is she kidding. Her decision has nothing to do with respect. Parrish knows she doesn't stand a chance and more likely does not want to lose political capital that would result in losing an election. If she believed she had a chance I would be willing to bet she would go for it in a heartbeat.
Carolyn Parrish is not the type to worry about disrespecting someone, and her track record proves that.

jon     August 13th 2009, 8:46am

Mayor McCallion has my vote.

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