THE DEMOCRATIC REPORTER
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Toronto Sun - Oct. 31, 2009 - By Ted Woloshyn, TED.WOLOSHYN@SUNMEDIA.CA -
Mississauga melee gets ugly
Mississauga's 2010 election is on its way toward becoming a battle of two political parties -- Team Hazel versus Team Parrish.
While Carolyn Parrish isn't about to run for mayor against the unbeatable Hazel McCallion, she effectively controls Mississauga city council with seven of the 12 votes on key issues.
So expect Hurricane Hazel, who's facing a tornado of trouble right now including a judicial inquiry into her actions and the inability to win key votes at council, to fight back hard.
To regain her power, expect McCallion to essentially build Team Hazel, for next year's election. Team Hazel would consist of four sitting councillors and seven candidates hand-selected by the Hurricane, who back the mayor.
The other seven incumbents are now seen as anti-Hazel. If even two of those went down in defeat, control of Mississauga's council chamber would shift dramatically, and in the end control of council equals control of the city.
An endorsement from a mayor who continuously garners in excess of 90% of the vote would carry a ton of weight. Would a politician who runs as part of Team Hazel get a little more attention and maybe a few more lawn signs?
The councillors who are opposing the mayor better be prepared for some hostile voters when they start banging on doors next year.
All that's just a lead up to say: Happy Halloween from Mississauga, perhaps the scariest city in Canada.
At least that's what it must have felt like for more than 100 McCallion faithful who turned up earlier this week to convince council to drop their demand for a judicial inquiry into the mayor's dealings with Enersource, the OMERS pension plan, and her son Peter's company, World Class Developments.
Her supporters might as well have gone shopping next door at Square One.
One speaker, long-time supporter Jim Murray, told me, "I could have gone up there and recited Humpty Dumpty and the councillors wouldn't have noticed."
Interesting choice of nursery rhymes. The vote passed 7 to 4. Hence the potential two-party election.
So what brought about this closed mind stance, this burning desire to bring down Hazel?
You can thank Carolyn Parrish.
Parrish wants to be the next mayor, and to that end she has managed to form her own personal party; one that has paralyzed McCallion to the point where she can't pass a motion. Does she bully or threaten other councillors, telling them that one day she will rule, and if they don't follow they'll be banished from her kingdom? Or has she made them promises like becoming the next chairman of the Region of Peel, or no one will run against you in the next election? They certainly aren't going to admit to that; at least not for the record.
The fiscally sound question regarding this inquiry is, do we need to spend $2 million, when we know that number could easily be five times greater? It will be some ugly; a politically motivated car wreck and even those councillors who voted for the inquiry had better be comfortable reliving their careers.
Developer and philanthropist Harold Shipp referred to this week's session as a "witch hunt" orchestrated by a certain councillor and her "gang." Speaking in a trembling voice he said, "I wouldn't be surprised if it caused our beloved mayor a stroke."
But what if the mayor decides not to run, then who will challenge Parrish?
About half a dozen names keep cropping up but they've either taken a pass, or have not committed. One thing is certain, whoever the candidate is, he or she will need public support from Hazel.
What should have happened at City Hall on Wednesday? Council should have voted to dismiss the inquiry and hire of a full time integrity commissioner, with full power, just as every major city in Canada has.
But it didn't, so get ready on this Halloween day for ghosts to rise from their graves to haunt the city of Mississauga and those who run it.
As Mississauga resident Betty Merkley painfully stated, "This is a low point in our city's history."
Comments by others, 28, to this web-page;
Janie Mcdonald November 2nd 2009, 1:28pm
Parrish has to take a step back and realize its gonna take way more then $2 million to get rid of Hazel.
There's a saying "If it don't make dollars it don't make sense"
I hear Toronto is looking for a new Mayor.........Parrish your use of resources will fit right in.
Mississauga Conservative November 2nd 2009, 12:38pm
I, and several of my neighbours, are OUTRAGED at the actions of this group. You can count on us finding out exactly who each of you are and making sure you LOSE the next election.
The nerve of that loud mouth Parrish and her cadre of trained seals to try and hijack our beautiful city. We haven't forgotten you Parrish. We haven't forgotten you were part of Chretein's team of thiefs who stole billions of dollars from Canadian taxpayers and arrogantly shot your mouths off about how wonderful you are.
You are going to LOSE the next election. Count on it ! There is no way you will beat our Hazel. I have lived in Mississauga since 1978 and I'm not going to let you johnny come latelys it.
J Mason November 1st 2009, 4:16pm
Mayor Hazel isn't perfect however for a politician she is close. She has been working tirelessly for 30 years to improve Mississauga. The recent arrival of Parrish and her Gang of 7 have only hurt Mississauga, the image of Mississauga and our businesses.
As there is no turning back now, this review should look at each and every councillor and how they behalf, phone records, blackberry messages to each other, emails and all of the political terrorism.
Voters will decide.
Igor November 1st 2009, 2:58pm
Eric November 1st 2009, 2:54pm
The Mississauga Muse November 1st 2009, 8:25am
"“If I were sitting there among you, Ladies and Gentlemen, who serve on our Council today, I would be wondering what my position would be one year from now when an election is held and how many of you might have a chance for re-election —IF you proceed with the action you are contemplating now.”
Woloshyn writes, "To regain her power, expect McCallion to essentially build Team Hazel, for next year's election. Team Hazel would consist of four sitting councillors and seven candidates hand-selected by the Hurricane, who back the mayor. "
That should read "hand-selected by the Hurricane, AND HAROLD SHIPP who back the mayor."
The Mississauga Muse November 1st 2009, 8:17am
Ah yes, the old "Let's hire an Integrity Commissioner"... as if it's reasonable for citizens to trust any municipality (let alone every major city in Canada) to hire its own "investigator" to "investigate" itself.
Hey Ted! It took Hazel McCallion's MYTHissauga 30 years to just finally get a public complaints policy in place!
Odd that Ted Woloshyn failed to suggest that the Ontario Ombudsman investigate not just MYTHissauga but also all Ontario municipalities.
pauline October 31st 2009, 11:55pm
MISSISSAUGAWATCH October 31st 2009, 11:40pm
And clearly FUNDED BY HAROLD SHIPP!
MISSISSAUGAWATCH October 31st 2009, 11:38pm
If anyone ever wonders where the closet fascists huddle, seek no further. (Theys jes' waitin' for the right moment.)
MISSISSAUGAWATCH October 31st 2009, 11:34pm
How about some disclosure here dude!
Like that you're a head-priest for the Cult of McCallion! AND that either you haven't a clue that Hazel McCallion hasn't a clue how her Staff runs Mississauga.... OR THAT YOU APPROVE!
What happened on Wednesday (all those self-serving sots led by none other than Harold "When our Hazel dies, I want her here inside these Chambers" Shipp) was shameful.
I mean it! Video of that Council meeting and those people going up there should be a Must-See video for any civic class.
And yes, Ted. Ol' Harold Shipp threatened those seven Councillors and zero doubt, he'll be fielding his own candidaes for each ward. After all Shipp built MYTHississaugva. And horrors that people would ever learn the TRUTH
goodge October 31st 2009, 9:08pm
kotter October 31st 2009, 5:41pm
Van Grungy October 31st 2009, 5:40pm
So Bucking simple....
Liberals bend over better than anyone in the world.. Hence, Gay UNIONS.... LOL
Van Grungy October 31st 2009, 5:33pm
I'd still have Hazel over Parrish any century...
Sucks to be a Mississaugan!
John B. October 31st 2009, 5:32pm
TNT October 31st 2009, 4:38pm
democracy vs police state October 31st 2009, 4:26pm
Wally Two October 31st 2009, 4:17pm
The Ram October 31st 2009, 3:54pm
Richard Murray October 31st 2009, 3:21pm
ggcarere October 31st 2009, 2:02pm
dan October 31st 2009, 1:58pm
Leave it to the bibmo Parrish to go against evertything the people want
RCB October 31st 2009, 1:43pm
Haley'sComet October 31st 2009, 1:29pm
A. Fraid October 31st 2009, 1:21pm
tim October 31st 2009, 1:02pm
k October 31st 2009, 12:45pm
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