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Councillor Nando Iannicca to Hazel McCallion-backed loyalists, “If you did not vote for the Inquiry. If you do not agree with its findings. And if you are not appalled at what happened, you are not fit for public service.”

November 3rd, 2011  

No introduction today. Just video of Mississauga Councillor Nando Iannicca speaking for the mere 22 percent of Mississauga residents who care about integrity, accountability and optics.

Yes, 22 percent  —the 22 percent who did not give Mayor Hazel McCallion a 78 percent approval rating in a poll released October 24, 2011 of citizens in the country’s 15 biggest cities.

And in a municipality where “tell it like it is” means to delete the truth and ratchet up the Positive Positive Positive, it was wonderful to witness Iannicca take one swift, judicious kick at the “tell it like it is” Katie.

So. As is our custom, the video followed by the transcript. This entire blog will be sent to Mississauga Council as correspondence to be included in the November 9, 2011 Council minutes.

Hazel McCallion Scandal: “If you are not appalled…you are not fit for public service.” (5:58 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH at the “Our Future Mississauga” Open House, Great Hall, Mississauga Civic Centre, June 24, 2008

How do you ensure that Youth thrive?

"MISSISSAUGAWATCH writes "Ethical Infrastructure before Bricks and Mortar (and buses)" on Post-It wish" "during Our Future Mississauga Open House. June 24, 2008

Okay and it says, “Ethical Infrastructure before Bricks and Mortar!”.

And let’s put here, “(and buses)”

Now again, I have not —even though I’ve gone to all of these meetings, every single last symposium, I have never before participated. So.

And this is how we’re going to ensure that Youth thrive.

[CLOCK-WIPE]

Acting Chair, McCallion-backed loyalist Councillor Katie Mahoney, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Councillor Iannicca.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Thank you, madam chair. I’ll be brief.

I appreciate some of the comments, but a majority of them make me feel like I’m going through that episode of the Twilight Zone again.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Yee-up.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

I must live in a parallel universe and some of my constituents might as well.

So just to reiterate and to be very very clear. Contrary to what you’re being told here by some members of Council, here’s what the Justice said in quotations:

“There was no other practical way to explore what transpired.”

Period. Full Stop.

That’s what he actually said.

[DIP TO BLACK]

Commissioner Douglas J. Cunningham, regarding findings of Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Mississauga Council Chambers, October 3, 2011

I obviously have no view about whether City Council should have called this Inquiry. What I do say in the Report is that if the issues identified by City Council were to be explored, there was no other practical way to explore them. It is simply not practical under the existing MCIA procedure for an ordinary citizen to launch a Court application claiming conflict of interest on the part of an elected official. The downside risk of tens of thousands of dollars in legal costs should the application be found to be unwarranted, acts, in my view, as far too great a deterrent.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

I’m satisfied with that. Little bit of revisionism going on here.

As to the value of the land, Councillor Starr, I’m happy to speak to the point to that. Two individuals, one of whom is a developer in the downtown core said that you badly overpaid for the land. I said listen, we got appraisals we sent it back.

Unlike you, perhaps, I wasn’t willing to bury it.

I fulfilled my duties and [inaudible] going to bring it up again. But this is a person that buys land in the downtown core and said at the time you overpaid.

I’m not going to sweep it under the rug. I’m happy to deal with it.

The third point that I would make is, and this is all seemed to have been glossed over [inaudible].

Are any of you concerned about the evidence that was given?

[DIP TO BLACK]

Commissioner Douglas J. Cunningham, regarding findings of Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Mississauga Council Chambers, October 3, 2011

The Mayor’s actions amounted to both a real and apparent conflict of interest. On any view of the evidence, Peter McCallion stood to gain substantially on the successful completion of the hotel and condominium project. He had, on his own evidence, a potential upside of more than $10 million. And as an investor he stood to gain much more than that. By her own admission, the Mayor knew at the very least that he was the real estate agent for the purchaser. I have found that the Mayor knew that a successful WCD project would have earned her son more money than he would otherwise have earned over the course of many years —probably in his lifetime. I have found that the Mayor must have known that her son had a financial role much greater than acting simply as the purchaser’s agent.

[DIP TO BLACK]

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Do any of you read a newspaper?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

That’s right.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

The City of Mississauga was dragged through the mud over this.

I’ll give you another quote. If you missed this.

“Ethical Infrastructure”.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Right.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

To use the words that the Justice used.

We’re in need of the renewal of the Ethical Infrastructure of this City. That’s appalling!

Do you know what happened to me a week ago?

I had the privilege of being in St. Martin’s School where my son got blessed with his 86 percent average. Was getting an award for being on the Dean’s List. And I was very proud of my son.

As I’m leaving, some gentleman there says, “Nando, [inaudible] why would you waste time, not going to university, right? He’s going to get a real estate degree. He’s going to work in real estate.”

My God, I’m glad I was in a crowded room as I don’t know what I would have done. I think you’ll be proud of me, I left. That’s the nonsense that I have to put up with because of what transpired and all of you seem oblivious to.

Well, I’m not.

I could belabour it. I’ve fulfilled my duty to my constituents. I am not a co-conspirator in all of this.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

[applauds]

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

And as I said at the time and I will say it one last time.

If you did not vote for the Inquiry. If you do not agree with its findings. And if you are not appalled at what happened, you are not fit for public service.

Acting Chair, McCallion-backed loyalist Councillor Katie Mahoney, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Councillor Iannicca, I am going to cut this debate now!

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Good for you.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

I said it at the time. I stand by it.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

[applauds] Good for you.

Acting Chair, Councillor Katie Mahoney, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Sir, sir, I am going to cut this debate now! Councillor Mullin, do you have something?

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

My God.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Absolutely.

McCallion-backed loyalist Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Nando—

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

I would appreciate being notified of any errors in the video transcript. Thanks.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

“That’s his opinion.” —Hazel McCallion regarding Justice Douglas Cunningham’s findings

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