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Here’s hoping that Carolyn “This isn’t a secret society” Parrish wins the Ward 5 By-election today…

September 19th, 2011  

This should come as no surprise to my readership of dozens. I hope that Carolyn Parrish wins tonight.

Here’s why.

What follows is video from June 2007 —an exchange between Parrish and Mayor Hazel McCallion that never made it into the Council minutes. With hindsight gleaned from the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry we can now see the Mayor’s declaration, “And I have every confidence in my councillors” in its true light. (“And I have every confidence in my councillors” meaning Mullin, Prentice, Mahoney and Saito.)

Then there’s the Mayor’s comment, “There’s a process around here that we follow. And other members of Council have not asked questions. Because what they usually do is when they get a report, they meet with Staff before the Council meeting to go over the issues rather than the questions being asked at Council.” Four years later, “rather than the questions being asked at Council” reads like an admission.

Anyway. It’s always best to view the primary sources doing the talking. Here’s Parrish and McCallion.

If there anyone notices an error either in the YouTube video or in this video transcript I respectfully request that I be advised. Thanks.

Carolyn Parrish to Hazel McCallion on the Public’s Right to Know: “This isn’t a secret society”(3:46 min)

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

June 20, 2007 Council. Regarding Item R-4 Enersource Hydro Mississauga Services Inc. Streetlighting Services Agreement Extension – Procurement Reference Number: FA.49.444-07 Report dated June 11, 2007 from the Commissioner of Transportation and Works with respect to Enersource Hydro Mississauga Services Inc. Streetlighting Services Agreement Extension – Procurement Reference Number: FA.49.444-07.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

Martin Powell, Commissioner of Public Works and Transportation, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

I just want to make sure that I understand the question properly.

Are you saying if we were to tender or are you talking about our arrangement—

Councillor Carolyn Parrish, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

I’m talking about our current arrangement. And I’m also understanding that you’re going to have to spend some money to do that study. That’s separate and apart.

Martin Powell, Commissioner of Public Works and Transportation, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

Well, first of all, we —our contract that we have right now is good until June of 2008. So we’re extending it from June of 2008 to the end of the year. And I think that we can live within the consumer price index.

We will have to get, obviously, if Council approves this, Enersource will also have to approve it. But I think that that’s probably something that can be agreed to.

Councillor Carolyn Parrish, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

Well, I thank you, Martin. This has certainly been a long process. You’ve done a terrific job.

I would like to move the motion that we reopen the issue. First. On the by-law. And I have it here.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

Okay.

Let me advise you, Councillor Parrish, there’s a process around here that we follow. And other members of Council have not asked questions.

Because what they usually do is when they get a report, they meet with Staff before the Council meeting to go over the issues rather than the questions being asked at Council.

Councillor Carolyn Parrish, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

I have done that, Madam Mayor.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

Oh, so you’ve gone over this entire report with the Staff.

Councillor Carolyn Parrish, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

I’ve chatted with Martin extensively.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

So you’ve got the answers from him.

Councillor Carolyn Parrish, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

Yes, I do.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

Why did you ask the questions today then?

Councillor Carolyn Parrish, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

Because I need to also make sure that my fellow councillors understand the answers as well as I did.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

Oh. Well, I think they can speak for themselves. I don’t think they need another councillor to do their homework for them, I have to tell you.

Councillor Carolyn Parrish, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

Thank you for that direction.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

Yeah. Well, we’ve served very well, you know. We’ve been in operation for quite a few years. And I have every confidence in my councillors. They go and talk to Staff. Like I did this morning with Martin and the City Manager —met with me at 8 o’clock to go over this report.

The questions I had I got the answers.

So therefore I don’t have to ask them at Council.

Councillor Carolyn Parrish, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

That’s very good.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

Okay?

[DIP TO WHITE]
[later in the meeting]

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

Councillor Parrish?

Councillor Carolyn Parrish, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

Ah, yes, Madam Mayor. I just like to not rebut your comment to me but to explain my position.

The first time this question came before us it was a huge contract. It didn’t even have an amount of money on it. So I asked the questions of the Staff and was told, in private, that it was $3.9 million dollars.

So if I hadn’t asked that question, this whole issue wouldn’t have opened up.

I was not happy with the answers, so I asked a second set of questions. I again discussed it in private with Staff. Still not happy with the answers.

We are here to represent the public.

And we have cable television here and we have people sitting at home, obviously with nothing better to do, watching us on television.

We represent the city. We don’t represent ourselves.

So if I ask questions in open session on television, I have a right to do so. And if I don’t like the answers, I will keep asking questions. That’s my job.

[DIP TO WHITE]
[later in her comments]

Councillor Carolyn Parrish, Mississauga Council  June 20, 2007

And Commissioner Powell doesn’t disagree with me. That this is time for this $3.9 million dollar contract to be put out for proposals.

And I will continue asking questions on every issue that comes forward. And out of courtesy to one of the best staffs that I’ve ever worked with on any level of government, I will ask them in private.

And if I don’t like the answers, I’ll ask them again in public. Even if I do like the answers, I’ll ask them in public so that the people watching on television that vote for this Council know what we’re doing.

This isn’t a secret society.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

So. Will McCallion’s MYTHissauga Inc secret society crack open more champagne tonight celebrating the installation of yet another secret society puppet councillor?

Victor Oh (honourary president of the Mississauga Chinese Business Association)
Victor Oh, honourary president of the Mississauga Chinese Business Association pops the first bottle of champagne.
Photo Credit: “Andrew” at:  https://picasaweb.google.com/tee.andrew8/HazelVictoryNight#5546241316903573778

Victor Oh hands off the second bottle of champagne for Ron Starr to pop.
Victor Oh hands off the second bottle of champagne for Ron Starr to pop.
Stephen Chu (left) president of the Mississauga Chinese Business Association.
Photo Credit: “Andrew” at:  https://picasaweb.google.com/tee.andrew8/HazelVictoryNight#5546368771984252274

 

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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