Hazel McCallion: “How can I, as Mayor, waste money on signs and literature?” [BEAT THE PRESS series, “Sucker Them”]

January 18th, 2011  

Well here comes National Post’s Megan O’Toole again, this time with the superb article, “Analysis: McCallion’s attempt to bring back the past falls flat”. Too true. I was there and it’d be tough to fall flatter than The Flat I witnessed last Wednesday.

Re: “bring back the past”…

Here’s my Blast from the Past —video of the Mississauga Mayor’s pep talk to her Communications team during a May 23, 2007 Council meeting. This video segment alone supports Megan O’Toole’s opening sentences:

The McCallion family founded Mississauga’s Booster community newspaper four decades ago, and its slogan today proudly declares: “A 40-year tradition of good news.”

That is arguably the only kind of news Hazel McCallion has welcomed during her three-decade tenure as Mayor—and for many years, the formula worked.

Megan O’Toole so gets it!

We also offer video from the Mayor’s September 8, 2010 Press Conference announcing that she would run again for a 12th term. In this clip, McCallion announces that she won’t conduct a campaign and invoking the poor, the unemployed, the needy of Mississauga, urges anyone hoping to contribute campaign money simply donate to charities instead. [Note: I should mention at this point that I registered for the office of Mayor of Mississauga back in January 4, 2010 in order to experience what it’s like to run against Hazel McCallion. What better way to cover a municipal election than actually being a candidate? And what better office to run for than Mayor?]

This video also includes CFRB 1010 NewsTalk audio of the Mayor defending the City spending upwards of $10,000 ($700 per couple tickets) to send councillors and senior staffers to her 90th birthday celebration-gala using taxpayers’ money.

But why should I write when I can let Hazel McCallion do her own talking? That’s the beauty of video, right? Irrefutable evidence?…

And so we start our MYTHissauga “BEAT THE PRESS” series. There are three effective ways to Beat the Press: Sucker them , Bully them —Sucker and Bully them!

As always, our video is followed by the transcript.

Hazel McCallion: “How can I, as Mayor, waste money on signs and literature?” [BEAT THE PRESS series]
[MISSISSAUGAWATCH trivia question. Can you spot the “Friend of Hazel” in this YouTube thumbnail?]

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Council meeting Wednesday, May 23, 2007)

I noticed the Toronto Star is coming out with a new GTA page. I don’t know if you’ve been in touch with them to find out what it’s all about. But I hope that we will have a prominent positive item in that Toronto page because it does go across the GTA.

I think of all the wonderful things we’re doing in Mississauga. It’s hard to get the publicity. They love bad publicity —the papers. They don’t like good publicity, unfortunately.

I know you’re working hard to promote all the wonderful things we’re doing in Mississauga for the good of the citizens.

I want you folks to know that you don’t get an 87% response from the citizens that they’re happy with what we’re doing if you-folks weren’t doing a good job. The Staff and the City.

So, congratulations to all of you. Keep up the good work. Let’s keep Mississauga right up there —at the top.

We are the Best. No question about it. And we just have to convince others that we’re the Best. I know the citizens know we’re the Best, but it’s important to convince those outside Mississauga that we are the Best.

[CLOCKWIPE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Press Conference announcing she will run for 12th term, September 8, 2010)

[I’m] just as excited today, after registering a couple of hours ago, going forward to another. And I’m not going to conduct a campaign. I am not going to raise money. I’m not going to have signs—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Press Conference announcing she will run for 12th term, September 8, 2010)

That’s because she’s got a s***load of money.

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Press Conference announcing she will run for 12th term, September 8, 2010)

—because I’ll tell you—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Press Conference announcing she will run for 12th term, September 8, 2010)

—and she’s got Harold Shipp in here.

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Press Conference announcing she will run for 12th term, September 8, 2010)

—anyone that wants to donate money to a Mayor’s campaign—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Press Conference announcing she will run for 12th term, September 8, 2010)

—Here it comes.

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Press Conference announcing she will run for 12th term, September 8, 2010)

—I plead with you, to donate it to all the charitable organizations, whose under pressure second-to-none. The Food Bank. The Children’s Aid—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH camera pans to the Media Mass. Whispering into camera (Press Conference announcing she will run for 12th term, September 8, 2010)

—Look at this. Look at the Suckers.

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Press Conference announcing she will run for 12th term, September 8, 2010)

—the Salvation Army and all those that are struggling, struggling today to look after the people. The Poverty that’s in our city. The Unemployed that are in our city.

So how can I, as Mayor, waste money on signs and literature?

[CLOCKWIPE]

Reporter Amber Gero (CFRB NewsTalk 10-10 Tuesday, January 11, 2011)

—It’s just that

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (CFRB NewsTalk 10-10 Tuesday, January 11, 2011)

I hope—

Reporter Amber Gero (CFRB NewsTalk 10-10 Tuesday, January 11, 2011)

—talking about taxpayers money, I—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (CFRB NewsTalk 10-10 Tuesday, January 11, 2011)

The press is —often the press is out to cause controversy. And I think what’s happened in the United States is a good example of the press building animosity against politicians and government. And I hope that there’ll be some good will come out of what has happened.”

[CLOCKWIPE]

Councillor Eve Adams (Wednesday, January 12, 2011, Mississauga Council Chambers)

Someone made a unilateral decision to say that it was all right to use tax dollars for a birthday party. And I don’t agree with that.

So if people around this table are upset that something was leaked to the media, I’m upset! I’m upset because I got a call from the media saying that politicians were going to have $700 perks given to them. And I don’t want to be one of those people that walks [sic] around in this city as people at the grocery store or at my doctor’s office look at me and say, “Are you one of the politicians that accepted the $700 perk?”

[REVERSE CLOCKWIPE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Council meeting Wednesday, May 23, 2007)

Let’s keep Mississauga right up there —at the top.

We are the Best. No question about it. And we just have to convince others that we’re the Best. I know the citizens know we’re the Best, but it’s important to convince those outside Mississauga that we are the Best.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

And while we’re on the topic of “The Poverty that’s in our city. The Unemployed that are in our city” , allow me to share a December 7, 2007 Toronto Star article, “Peel’s cities drop $100K to schmooze”.

Published On Fri Dec 07 2007
Michele Henry
Phinjo Gombu Staff Reporters

Brampton and Mississauga together spent nearly $100,000 to send 14 people to London, England, this week in hopes of collecting awards they believed would put them on the international map.

That includes two 15-minute videos, which cost more than $20,000 each, to present to judges at the World Leadership Forum event.

Founded by a former journalist and judged by a panel of British urban leaders in the fields of architecture, transportation, planning and the arts, the awards honour cities in 15 categories related to municipal leadership. The GTA cities joined 100 others around the world in paying a $6,500 registration fee.

Fact: The World Leadership Forum lasted one more year. When the markets crashed in late 2008, World Leadership Forum quietly folded its tent and flew by night.

Fact: Phinjo Gombu was one of the reporters outing the $100,000 Brampton/MYTHissauga LondonFest. (Small wonder the Mississauga Mayor doesn’t like the way Gombu reports!)

Hazel-McCallion-endorsed-councillor, Ron Starr quoted referring to Hazel McCallion's 90th birthday party was ""...the fund-raiser for Sheridan --I was going to say 'party' but it's not a party"  (January 12, 2011) and a 90th confirmation notice calling it

E MALAMA KAKOU. To Care For All.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

"The TRIUMPH of MYTHissauga" "Justanopinion  Aug 12, 2010 6:12 PM       Face reality  Our mayor could be caught, in the library, with the candlestick in her hand, over the dead body, and she would still win by a landslide!  MISSISSAUGA NEWS READERS COMME

“The TRIUMPH of MYTHissauga” MISSISSAUGA NEWS READERS COMMENT:

“Justanopinion Aug 12, 2010 6:12 PM

Face reality Our mayor could be caught, in the library, with the candlestick in her hand, over the dead body, and she would still win by a landslide!

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