Hazel McCallion’s puppet-councillors (both frequent Mayor’s Gala attendees) muzzle Gala questions.

May 7th, 2011  

The May 4, 2011 Mississauga General Committee meeting was truly one for the books.

Hazel McCallion’s “Team Hazel” puppet-councillors muzzle Mayor’s Gala accountability questions. (1:33 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

Councillor Pat Saito, Chair (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

So it has been moved so we don’t need to go in-camera. All in favour with that? That carries. Thank you.

The Mayor has left so we’ll go back to Item 3, was it 3, yes, 3, which was responses to the Mayor’s Gala questions. Councillor McFadden.

Councillor Sue McFadden (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

Thank you. And thank you for bringing it to the committee meeting. And after certainly looking at the answers that were brought back, I appreciate all the extra work that I asked for. I do have a few questions that have come out of the answers that were given.

But in light of this information being now, I guess, look in to by the Commissioner, I’d like to hold off on any further questions until a report has come back from him. Or we could discuss it off-line.

They’re just minor details.

But thank you again, I certainly appreciate this. It’s been a very interesting process and —which started just by inquiry over the Brampton Gala and it was certainly not intended to be a personal attack, or certainly a personal vendetta, by any means.

But all I wanted was some transparency and some questions answered and I have gotten those. Hopefully out of this, we will get further clarification and maybe a little bit more transparency moving forward on the next Gala. And I’d be more than happy to sit down with the new Chair of the Gala and maybe suggest some way that accounting can be brought forward to members of Council on an up-to-date basis.

Like we did with Canada Day, where actually all of our accounting and receipts and tenders and proposals were all brought to Council on a monthly basis.

So if anything else I hope that we have certainly got some answers and that the community has gotten some answers from this.

Councillor Pat Saito, Chair (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

Councillor Mullin?

Councillor Pat Mullin (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

I’m going to move receipt of the information.

Councillor Pat Saito, Chair (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

Thank you. I guess I’d like to ask Councillor McFadden, I went through these questions and I guess I was a little curious as to some of the questions about by-laws that were passed 25 years ago. I’m not sure what that has to do with transparency.

I didn’t see the purpose in many of the questions so I wonder if you could explain for my benefit—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

Jeez, I could take a guess.

Councillor Pat Saito, Chair (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

—because we’ve taken a lot of Staff time and usually when we have Staff undertake reports like this, there’s a reason for it not just— I know it’s not just idle curiosity. But was there a specific concern that you had that led to some of these questions?

And maybe you could outline that for us because that has never come forward.

Councillor Sue McFadden (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

I think I did clarify that right from the beginning, Councillor Saito.

Councillor Pat Saito, Chair (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

No you didn’t. You just said you were interested in transparency and openness and that was it. You didn’t discuss if there were specific items of concern to the municipality that had —that encouraged these questions.

Councillor Sue McFadden (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

When I first asked the questions, which I did in public, about the Mayor’s Gala, it was brought to my attention after the investigation by the Toronto Star into the Gala for Brampton. That started the ball rolling—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

Yep.

Councillor Sue McFadden (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

—for me asking questions on hopefully our Gala and our records were transparent and accountable.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

They’re not.

Councillor Sue McFadden (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

—That’s how this started. And I said that in public, Councillor Saito.

Councillor Pat Saito, Chair (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

Okay, thank you. And what is your next step on this?

Councillor Sue McFadden (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

I think I just said that as well

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

That’s riiiiight.

Councillor Pat Saito, Chair (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

That you’re meaning to do nothing.

Councillor Sue McFadden (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

Pardon me?

Councillor Pat Saito, Chair (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

Do noth—, no I said, you’re not going to do anything.

Councillor Sue McFadden (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

I’m not at this point. I’m going to wait —from what I understand the Commissioner is now asking questions about the Gala and I will wait because, according to my records, he is now asking questions and I will wait for his answers. To be brought forward with the report.

Councillor Pat Saito, Chair (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

Okay and I’ll look forward to your comments at that time.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

And I’ll have some too, Councillor Saito.

Councillor Pat Saito, Chair (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

Any other comments on this?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

Including Freedom of Information.

Councillor Pat Saito, Chair (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

Otherwise move receipt? Thank you. All in favour?

Councillor Pat Mullin (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

Move receipt. And I believe that there’s been a tremendous amount of time that has been spent, so I would certainly move that if there—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

Gawd she hates any kind of accountability!

Councillor Pat Mullin (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

—any further questions that they be brought forward as a motion to Council so that we either support it, or not support any more into it.

If we’re satisfied, which I am, to the answers, I have moved receipt—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

Of course, she’s been attending all the Galas.

Councillor Pat Mullin (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

—Any further questions should be through a motion at Council.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

Of course, she’s been attending all the Galas.

Councillor Pat Saito, Chair (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

Thank you, that’s the motion that’s on the table, Councillor McFadden, do you have a question on that motion?

Councillor Sue McFadden (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

No, I certainly agree with that, Councillor Mullin. But at the same time, I want it to be very clear that I am elected to ask questions. And I am elected to make sure that there’s transparency and accountability at City Council. And I shouldn’t be reprimanded for taking Staff time to find out answers that I have queries about.

And I’ll stand by those convictions, thank you.

Councillor Pat Saito, Chair (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

Thank you. You’ve heard the motion, that with the direction to —that future inquiries come back through Council as a motion.

All in favour? Opposed? That carries. Thank you.

Someone move adjournment. Thank you. All in favour? It carries. Thank you.

[MUSIC: Don’t Crash the Ambulance, Mark Knopfler]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting as Council adjourns (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

[laughs]

I mean what can you do, right?

Saito. Mahoney. They just want to have this BIG BLACK BOX!

The other thing is, I mean —I’m going to go down right now to the Freedom of Information office and ask questions based on what Councillor McFadden just said.

I got Freedom of Information back from the City of Brampton on the [Brampton] Mayor’s Gala. And now Susan Fennell talks about it —and the City of Brampton talks about the general framework of their Mayor’s Gala being open and all the books are open.

So I ask these questions and I got like five “Records do not exist”, “Records do not exist”, “Records do not exist”, “Records do not—”.

Like, seriously! How can you be accountable if the frikkin’ records don’t exist!

What? I have to take your word for it?

Like, do I look stupid? Is there “STUPID” tattooed on my forehead?

And then the next thing, I mean, this is so funny. The best thing that Susan McFadden can do is just say, don’t ask the questions here, file Freedom of Information on it.

[DIP TO BLACK]

Councillor Pat Saito, Chair (Mississauga Council meeting, December 13, 2006)

And thank you always to Cable 10 for their ongoing volunteer support in making sure that we have a very open and accountable Council.

We heard throughout the campaign that this Council was not open, was not accountable, and all those people running were going to make it open and accountable.

And I don’t know of any Council that’s as open and accountable as we are.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Is their attendances at the Mayor's Gala motivating Pat Mullin and Pat Saito to muzzle inquiries? (not to mention Harold $$$Shipp$$$?)

Because of McFadden’s persistence on this matter we now know that only a fraction of the funds raised by the Mayor’s Gala actually go the artists. We know the event is, for the most part, an extravagant party for Hazel’s friends and the city’s most well-heeled residents.

We also know that, at one point, the City wrongfully issued tax receipts to some gala patrons.

Meanwhile, back in council chambers, it looks to some as though Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito and Mullin have begun running interference for our venerable mayor.

—Mississauga News editorial, “Don’t Muzzle Queries”

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