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MIRROR: Complete Mississauga Judicial Inquiry Transcripts

ON: HAZEL MCCALLION FACES JUDICIAL REVIEW –COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA’S “WELL, THIS IS MISSISSAUGA. IT’S NOT VAUGHAN” SPEECH

October 1st, 2009  

Recall in this morning’s Blog that I made reference to the Toronto Star article,  Mayor McCallion faces judge’s audit For us to have turned a blind eye to this and said, `Trust us, it’s nothing’ well, this is Mississauga; it’s not Vaughan.”

As promised, here’s Councillor Nando Iannicca’s “For us to have turned a blind eye to this and said, `Well, this is Mississauga; it’s not Vaughan” speech.

First the video,

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION FACES JUDICIAL REVIEW “THIS IS MISSISSAUGA. IT’S NOT VAUGHAN” (3:26 sec)

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

and the TRANSCRIPT.

Councillor Nando Iannicca:

Uh, Councillor Parrish, I follow on your heels. I take some exception to some of the comments that have been made as well. I think it’s shameful and I think you’re all raising a red herring.

But be that as it may, as the mover of the motion I really believe that we have no choice whatsoever.

Now that the documents have [sic] made public I’m very pleased on behalf of my constituents –and Councillor Prentice, clearly I have different constituents than you have. But on behalf of my constituents, two weeks ago when it was brought up, I’m happy to  make it a matter of public record that it was I that moved the motion and say, “Let’s not be quick to judgment. Let’s go ask these questions and  have this analysis come back.”

That happened today –and in-camera. And I want to take a moment to speak to you with something in regards to in-camera.

I don’t know if I’ve ever told you all of any of this but when I speak to my constituents and they ask “What’s your role? What’s the most important thing you do?” I say to them, by far, the greatest privilege you give me is when you allow me by virtue of this office to  go in-camera and make a decision.

Because you have no idea what I’m doing. I’m not accountable to anyone. The minutes aren’t transcripted [inaudible —properly?].

And under The Act, so much of what we do is done in-camera. So if one is so willing, it’s a great time to sweep things under the rug.

But what we did as a responsible Council and I might add, agree to it unanimously, we said, “Let’s go get more information. Let’s get the facts. The facts came back and contrary to what you’re being told, the documents are all going to be made public.

One of the things I read was this simple.

“No member of Council other than Mayor McCallion contravened Section 5 of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act with respect to his or her involvement with matters related to WC [inaudible] Property period full stop.

What I am not going to do, unlike other members of Council is say “Okay, so she may not have—  but it’s minor, let’s sweep it under the rug.

[a councillor takes exception]

Councillor Nando Iannicca:

I’m sorry, I have the floor.

[a Councillor takes exception]

Councillor Nando Iannicca:

I beg your, well, it’s pretty simple to me. For anybody not to take that to its logical conclusion and say we’ve asked the questions, here’s what’s come back, I think in moving the motion, all we can do in fairness to the Mayor —and understand some of my staff are named. Understand that other members of Council are named, but most important of all, when I go grab a cup of coffee at the Orchard Restaurant, I hear what people are saying.

And for us to have turned a blind eye to this and said [sic] “We know what’s going on. No need to let you know. We don’t have to make a- Trust us, it’s nothing.

Well, this is Mississauga. It’s not Vaughan.

And the highest level of obligation that I have to constituents, they had better know the integrity of this place is the most important thing to me. So on behalf of them, on behalf of my council colleagues including the Mayor, on behalf of my senior staff, on behalf of all of our employees I’ve said in moving the motion, we’re gonna come clean, let some other party review it and let that course unfold as it may.

To do anything other than that in my opinion, in moving the motion makes you unworthy of public office.

[MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers “Yes!” into the camera]

Councillor Nando Iannicca:

Thank you Madam Chair, and as I’ve said I’ll support—

[Councillor Katie Mahoney interrupts]

Councillor Nando Iannicca:

That’s my thought, Thank you.

VIDEO CAMERA  STAYS ON COUNCILLOR IANNICCA

Councillor Eve Adams (Acting Mayor)

Thank you Councillor Iannicca. I’m also been told by the City Manager that the document is being posted online imminently.

City Manager Janice Baker

Yes, it should be operational—

Councillor Eve Adams (Acting Mayor)

Thank you. Councillor Prentice

[END OF TRANSCRIPT]

Signed,

The (I don’t agree with that part about “On behalf of my senior staff, on behalf of all of our employees”, they’d prefer it swept under the already very lumpy Mississauga rug)  Mississauga Muse


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One Response to “ON: HAZEL MCCALLION FACES JUDICIAL REVIEW –COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA’S “WELL, THIS IS MISSISSAUGA. IT’S NOT VAUGHAN” SPEECH”

  1. TheMuseRocks on October 1st, 2009 6:28 pm

    Do you have a copy of the June 26 2008 Minutes about the Public Information Meeting – Enersource?

    I went to the City of Mississauga’s website but when I clicked on the link, I got:
    “We are sorry. The file you are attempting to access has been deleted.”
    Is that set of minutes being “fixed” too?


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