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Toronto Sun - Jan. 9, 2010 - By Ted Woloshyn - email@example.com -
Intrigue grows in Mississauga
After a pitiful voter turnout of about 24.7% in 2006, a few Mississaugans may actually pay attention to this year's municipal election.
Who knows, they may even learn municipal politicians do far more for them on a daily basis than the elected officials at Queen's Park and on Parliament Hill.
I call this new found curiosity The Hazel Effect.
Her worship is the main target of a judicial inquiry -- supported by 7 of Mississauga's 11 councillors -- that should wrap up by late spring. An inquiry it seems is most concerned with Mayor Hazel McCallion's son, Peter, and the company he's employed by, World Class Developments, and its failed bid to purchase property adjacent to City Hall.
The Group of 7 are largely led by Carolyn Parrish, who has essentially painted herself as the Anti-Hazel. The same sentiment is felt in regards to her disciples.
So will those who will oppose the mayor feel the wrath of the pro-Hazel voters? Yes, if two things occur.
If McCallion walks away from the inquiry unscathed; and if those candidates trying to unseat the anti-Hazel incumbents can effectively out those anti-Hazel councillors to the voters.
If the inquiry causes McCallion great discomfort or embarrassment, she may just take a pass on running; in which case you can bet Carolyn Parrish will withdraw her declaration to run as councillor and run for mayor.
I'm convinced Hazel will not run unless she's comfortable at least two councillors, especially Parrish, are gone.
Those close to her suggest she wouldn't want to spend another four years being shot down and paralyzed by Parrish and her crew. Would you, as you enter your 90s?
WON'T WALK AWAY
Yet Hazel will not walk away knowing Carolyn could be the next mayor, and the mayor and others are seeking someone who could stop that from becoming reality.
As I've written in the past, most councillors don't want to forfeit a vast majority of their time, especially their personal time, in the manner the mayor has. In that respect she has inadvertently set the bar too high for most.
Steve Mahoney's name is one that keeps resurfacing. The former provincial federal Liberal cabinet minister -- who faced off and lost the Liberal nomination for Mississauga-Erindale before the 2004 election to Parrish in a nasty battle, is smart, experienced in campaigning, personable and understands Mississauga faces some tough challenges economically in the next few years, as it incurs increasing debt.
Mahoney told me he would be interested, but cautiously adds, "I'm not in the position to declare due to my great respect for Hazel."
But does the fact Mahoney's wife, Katie, is a veteran councillor become problematic?
"My first priority would be to ensure I don't do anything that would cause her problems," he said.
They wouldn't be the first couple together on council. Jack Layton and Olivia Chow worked in tandem for years, and Mario Racco has registered to run for mayor in Vaughan where his wife Sandra Yeung Racco is a councillor. If you knew Katie you'd know she's not about to cow-tow to her husband -- mayor or not.
Most important, Mahoney could defeat Parrish.
But if Hazel does run, who will oppose Parrish for a seat on council?
DIDN'T SAY NO
Former federal Liberal MP Omar Alghabra is one name bandied about. He is well respected and qualified, and although he hasn't said he will run, he sent me an e-mail suggesting he would respond to my question soon. In other words, he didn't say no.
Although this coming election isn't just about McCallion and Parrish, it could in fact be the catalyst that drives Mississaugans back to the polls.
That would be a good thing.
Comments by others, 14, to this web-page;
jeff continues, "[McCallion's] hard work over the years has raised you to folk hero status in and around Mississauga." Get REAL. The folk hero status is the crafty combination of "branding" by $$$$$-Friends, no legitimate scrutiny and most importantly keeping a tight lid on the TRUT
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I only hope this amazing, hard working woman can leave politics with all the accolades she deserves after a lifetime of dedication.
MISSISSAUGAWATCH Report Comment
As is so typical of the "Friends of Hazel", Munro fails to mention other Councillors not in attendance were Pat Saito, Pat Mullin AND Katie Mahoney.
In short, THREE of FOUR pro-McCallion Councillors didn't show up!
Typical of "Friends of Hazel" --the Failures to Mention!
Also Woloshyn's fail to mention. How close the Mahoneys are to Peter McCallion! New Year's 2009 Katie Mahoney & Steve Mahoney in Chambers yukking it up with Peter McCallion check out:
Susan Munro Report Comment
Guess you've never been let go, like aquaintances of mine, due to our economy or just plain fired in your life???
Agree, anyone but Parrish, she's a disaster with her very low-class childish antics, possibly due to too much alchol consumption.
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"I hope Hazel's final days are spent as mayor of Mississauga"
and add, that I hope she lives long (and prospers).
The Mississauga Muse Report Comment
Video shows that both sure spent a lonnnnnnnnnng time yukking it up with --Peter McCallion.
YouTube "FRIENDS OF HAZEL" RALLY and MYTHissauga Ghost of New Year's Past at:
Also, to be upfront, I was the first to file for candidacy in Mississauga waiting for the doors of the City Clerk's office to open. I filed for --MAYOR and then conceded defeat less than 15 minutes after filing.
As "Friend of Hazel", Mr Woloshyn knows only too well, only $$$$$$$$ gets elected in MYTHissauga.
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