Mississauga Mayor: Ontario gas plant scandal is 'water under the bridge'


mentalfloss
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This is a huuuuuge game changer


Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion endorses Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion gave Kathleen Wynne a pat on the back on Wednesday.

The legendary chief magistrate, who is not running in the fall municipal election, endorsed the Liberal leader for premier but pushed for extra taxation powers like those granted Toronto by Queen’s Park.

“They have to give us the authority to raise other taxes,” McCallion urged, standing beside Wynne in a carefully staged appearance in the June 12 provincial campaign.

Property taxes are not enough to keep up with transit and other infrastructure needs because municipalities do far more than “fill potholes . . . and cut grass,” McCallion said at the Living Arts Centre.

Wynne didn’t offer any new taxing powers to match those in the City of Toronto Act when Dalton McGuinty was majority premier, before his Liberals were reduced to a minority in 2011.

Wading deeper into the current campaign, McCallion said minority governments leave municipalities “hanging” and urged voters to elect a majority this time, calling the $1.1-billion scandal over cancelled power plants “water under the bridge.”

More people are concerned about jobs, McCallion added after a meeting with Wynne, who touted her recent budget’s focus on helping improve transit and infrastructure with a $29 billion fund and a promise to cover all municipal court and welfare costs by 2018.

Conservative MPP Vic Fedeli (North Bay) said that budget is too expensive and risks a credit downgrade for the province, noting Moody’s bond-rating agency sees it as a “credit negative.”

“Given the new, larger deficit targets, the path back to balanced budgets presents more risk than previously assessed,” Moody’s wrote May 2.

The Conservatives would cut spending and fire 100,000 public-sector workers to balance the budget by the spring of 2017, a year earlier than Wynne has promised.

“The only way to protect the core services that Ontario needs, deserves and loves is to make sure that we balance the budget,” Fedeli said.

Wynne said there is a bigger risk from Tim Hudak’s Conservative plan to hold back on crucial infrastructure investments and axe the public-sector jobs, which could tip the province back into recession.

“What we will not do is forego the investments that are needed now,” she told reporters.

On the public service job cuts that would reach down to municipalities, McCallion was wary.

“All governments can become more efficient but you have to do your homework. Just to say 100,000 jobs with no backup material . . . you’d better look at the services as well.”

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion endorses Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals | Toronto Star



McCallion endorses Wynne, calls gas plant scandal ‘water under the bridge’

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion wants Ontarians to forget about the billion-dollar cancelled gas plant scandal and vote Liberal in the June 12 provincial election.

McCallion officially threw her support behind Kathleen Wynne on Wednesday, saying it’s time for Ontarians to put the cancelled gas plant scandal to bed. The two cancelled gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga cost taxpayers $1.1 billion.

McCallion thinks voters have to wipe the slate clean and “look at the issues” affecting Ontarians.

“This gas plant has taken over far too much,” she said. “Terrible mistake, water under the bridge. Let’s get on with putting the province of Ontario back on track.”

Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has accused Wynne of being behind a plan to wipe computer hard drives in the premier’s office to hide documents related to the gas plant cancellations.

Wynne in turn filed a libel notice against Hudak, calling the allegations “false and defamatory.”

McCallion also said she’s pleased with the way Wynne’s Liberal government deals with municipalities, while being fearful of Hudak’s vow to cut 100,000 public servant jobs.

“I supported her as leader of the Liberal party and I still support her as leader of the province,” McCallion said from Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre. “We have had a good relationship with this government.”

“I’m concerned about (Hudak’s) announcement of 100,000 civil servants being eliminated,” she added, saying all Ontarians would face a diminished quality of life under such cuts.

McCallion called transit and infrastructure funding the biggest issues facing Mississauga, and she urged the federal government to provide more money.

“The federal government has not treated Ontario fairly,” she said.

McCallion also said municipalities are hurt by a minority government.

“The last thing the province needs is a minority government. A minority government leaves us as municipalities hanging out there not knowing what legislation can get through the house and what can’t.”

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Locutus
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lol.
 
petros
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I'm offended and don't even live there.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

This is a huuuuuge game changer

For sure.

Quote:

The legendary chief magistrate, who is not running in the fall municipal election, endorsed the Liberal leader for premier but pushed for extra taxation powers like those granted Toronto by Queen’s Park.

The could lose Mississauga entirely.

LOL

13.5 million people in Ontario. 668,000 in Mississauga. "Huuuuuuge" is quite the over statement.
 
Goober
Free Thinker
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Hazel, the one with such a sterling reputation. Perhaps her son could endorse as well??
 
lone wolf
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She's been Mississauga's mayor for 35 years. She must be doing something right....
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

She's been Mississauga's mayor for 35 years. She must be doing something right....

Her son did quite well. Read the notes from the investigation into impropriety.
They were published.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

She's been Mississauga's mayor for 35 years. She must be doing something right....

No doubt. But she doesn't pull enough weight to turn the tide of a provincial election.

What is it with some folks in the GTA and this weird notion that their mayors hold any meaning to the rest of us?
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

she doesn't pull enough weight to

that fetid ogress can't pull out her own dentures for chrissakes...not to worry about her half-baked ramblings.
 
BornRuff
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

No doubt. But she doesn't pull enough weight to turn the tide of a provincial election.

What is it with some folks in the GTA and this weird notion that their mayors hold any meaning to the rest of us?

Every seat counts. There are 7 ridings in Mississauga. Anything that helps them keep them is a plus of them.

No doubt that Hazel does carry some clout outside of Mississauga though. You don't hang around that long without gaining some name recognition.
 
mentalfloss
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Hurricane Hazel is making top news folks.

Don't say I didn't tell ya so. :P

Liberals take the lead again:

http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspa...app=noRedirect
 
taxslave
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Seems her message is elect a Liberal government so we can raise taxes. Defenitly a vote getter.
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Liberals take the lead again:

Tim Hudak’s 1 million jobs plan is a tough sell with voters, poll suggests | Toronto Star

Tim Hudak's Tories add to lead with Ontario election less than a month away: poll | 2014 Ontario Election (external - login to view)
 
mentalfloss
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I will concede this one to you Wally.
 
spaminator
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the water under the bridge is contaminated with gas.
 
mentalfloss
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Hazel McCallion’s Kathleen Wynne endorsement crystallizes voters’ dilemma: James

It’s astonishing, really. A majority of Ontarians are still prepared to keep the Liberals in power as the party of choice — even after e-Health, Ornge, the gas plants fiasco and the routine tagging of “scandal-plagued” to every description of the ruling government.

In Toronto, the affinity to the Kathleen Wynne Liberals is even greater — with a basket of seats still sticking with the government, even as the opposition Conservatives languish on the outside.

The result of the latest Forum Research poll is an indictment of the New Democrats under Andrea Horwath and the Tim Hudak Progressive Conservatives.

Essentially, a voter whose priority is the political, social, cultural, environmental, economic and democratic progress of the Toronto region is left with little choice but to stick with the incumbent Liberals.

Torontonians not aligned to one of the three mainline political parties, but consumed with the region’s prosperity and future, are left with this choice:

Go with the New Democrats, the traditional urban party that has lost its compass. Or, trust the Conservatives whose leader has indicated at every turn that he wants to smash and break apart, not treasure and care for the region. Or stick with the devil they know.

The dean of mayors in the country, oldest and wisest, some say, did the analysis and concluded: Hudak bad; Horwath blank; Wynne good.
Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion — dispensing wisdom to her constituents as they vote in this final provincial campaign with her as their mayor — had a ridiculously easy choice.

She says she can’t figure out what Horwath stands for. That likely crystallized when the NDP leader earlier this year came up with a mind-bending position on funding transit without taxes and revenue tools — opting instead for cutting back on corporate tax breaks and using the “savings” for transit.

Appearing Wednesday with Premier Kathleen Wynne at the Living Arts Centre outside Missisauga City Hall, McCallion dismissed Hudak’s platform as unsupportable. In fact, the 93-year-old mayor seemed perplexed at Hudak’s boast he’ll create one million jobs at the same time he’s pledging to cut 100,000 public sector jobs.

“If you’re going to lay off staff, how is that service going to be provided?” she asked, when reporters wondered about her dismissal of Hudak. Quality of life will suffer as jobs, some of them municipal jobs, disappear, she said.

“You’ve got to do your homework. Just to say 100,000 jobs, with no backup material to prove it ... I don’t understand it,” she added

Wynne, meanwhile, leads a party that has worked closely with municipalities, given them a voice in decision-making, and continues to provide infrastructure funding for important transit projects.

McCallion’s endorsement should concern Hudak, who desperately needs suburban ridings like those in Mississauga to form the government.

In the last week of the 2010 provincial election, McCallion and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson wrote an op-ed piece in the Star, calling out Hudak for his lack of support of cities. Hudak bummed out in those regions. Not much has changed in the perception of the provincial Tories four years later.

When Hudak speaks, it is rarely with a sense of concern or understanding of the critical issues mayors and municipal councils share. Always, it seems, these local politicians are presented as part of the problem of too much government and too much waste.

Efficiency is always a goal and cities and towns can always do better, but to suggest the province could fund transit needs through efficiency is laughable, she said

“You’d have to close down the province,” she said, then urged her citizens to vote the issues, not the party, when they go to the polls.

Hudak, when he visited Toronto over the past year, had Doug Holyday in tow. That’s a reminder that under the PCs, Toronto can expect nothing but grudging, penny-pinching,

Etobicoke-like tossing around of loonies as if they were manhole covers.

When Hudak talks transit, his goal appears to be one of redrawing transit plans, overturning the TTC and imposing some made-at-Queen’s Park solution. Torontonians want to see tracks laid down, not plans ripped up.

Clearly, the thinking is, Toronto and other cities want a heavy dose of belt-tightening and tough medicine. Days into the campaign, Hudak is already softening his tone.
If the Toronto region doesn’t swallow the medicine, Hudak and the PCs don’t have a prayer.

Hazel McCallion’s Kathleen Wynne endorsement crystallizes voters’ dilemma: James | Toronto Star
 
lone wolf
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Her son did quite well. Read the notes from the investigation into impropriety.
They were published.

Ever met a completely ethical and by-the-book developer? I guess next mayoral race in Mississauga will tell the tale - if Hazel's up for another run
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

Ever met a completely ethical and by-the-book developer? I guess next mayoral race in Mississauga will tell the tale - if Hazel's up for another run

She has already said she is not running.
 
lone wolf
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

She has already said she is not running.

At 93, I can't really fault her there. She's served her city well
 
Count_Lothian
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Anyone who views her political moves as anything but sheer brilliant is just unaware.
She lasted this long due to what exactly, buffoonery.

She has always played provincial and federal parties to get the best possible for her beloved city.
She knows you can't create the miracles she seems to create without the support of what ever party is in power.

I guess the inside track has it that the Liberals will win and she wants that pull from Queen's park.
She works with any mayor of Toronto , always has for she knows in so many ways , not just geographically but Mississauga is joined forever at the hip with Toronto .

She has done wonders in this little piece of safe haven known as Mississauga.

Heck it was all farmland in the 70's.

She is loved and the people that hate her , well let the real reason for their hatred be known.
Calling her down for the sake of calling her down, yeah that's the ticket.


I do recall a few gaffes when she was hammered on radio. HA! everyone that knows knows she still likes a few.
So she is on radio , hammered,and she bellows on about her going down to her beloved lakeshore park in Lorne Park area , Jack Darling Park. She says,lol "Where are all the Canadians ? I see nothing but turbans and sari's "

She apologized a few days later saying the doctor had given her Valium and she was not aware she could not drink alcohol with it.
HA!
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

At 93, I can't really fault her there. She's served her city well

She did it the right way by taking a page out of the Con book and using it against them by pretending to be a Con.
 
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