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MIRROR: Complete Mississauga Judicial Inquiry Transcripts

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor George Carlson, “I would think, to be honest with you, Carolyn Parrish has lost 20 points in leading this thing because this is not helping her for Mayor at all.”

November 4th, 2009  

[The BACKGROUND (all in dark blue font) is a repeat from previous blogs. You may just want to scroll down directly to the video and transcript.]

BACKGROUND

The October 28, 2009 Mississauga Council meeting will always be remembered as the Judicial Inquiry Meeting.

Facing blistering criticism from angry Hazel McCallion supporters and even dire threats of defeat from “When-Our-Hazel-Dies-I-Want-Her-Here-In-This-Hall” Mega-builder Harold Shipp, seven Councillors held their ground —and put their political futures directly on the line.

HERE COMES THE SUN

In his October 31, 2009 article, Mississauga melee gets ugly, Toronto Sun, columnist Ted Woloshyn telegraphs the 2010 pro-McCallion strategy.

He writes:

So expect Hurricane Hazel, who’s facing a tornado of trouble right now including a judicial inquiry into her actions and the inability to win key votes at council, to fight back hard.

To regain her power, expect McCallion to essentially build Team Hazel, for next year’s election. Team Hazel would consist of four sitting councillors and seven candidates hand-selected by the Hurricane, who back the mayor.

The other seven incumbents are now seen as anti-Hazel. If even two of those went down in defeat, control of Mississauga’s council chamber would shift dramatically, and in the end control of council equals control of the city.

An endorsement from a mayor who continuously garners in excess of 90% of the vote would carry a ton of weight. Would a politician who runs as part of Team Hazel get a little more attention and maybe a few more lawn signs?

I suspect an endorsement from Mississauga Mega-builder Harold Shipp is worth a mega-ton as well. Not to mention a mega-ton of lawn signs!

Having researched City of Mississauga governance (videotaping, Freedom of Information etc) and documenting “citizen input” over the years, this is the Picture…

The vast majority of Mississaugans do not know what’s going on. Second, of those who don’t know what’s going on, I’ve concluded that sadly, few would care if a judicial inquiry confirmed widespread malfeasance and corruption. Voters clearly vote with their wallets and wallets don’t care about ethical governments.

During his deputation in support of a judicial inquiry, Donald Barber stated:

“I’m not here to discuss anything about Hazel. We all know that, you know, even if she was dead and buried, her name was on the ballot sheet, she’d be elected  That’s fine.”

To which Mr. Barber received strong applause and cheers.

I’d go so far as to say that even if headlines confirmed that she routinely stuffs cats and political opponents into a wood-chipper, Mississaugans would re-elect Hazel McCallion. Such is the Pathology of MYTHissauga.

Over the next while, MISSISSAUGAWATCH will post videos of the October 28, 2009 Council meeting onto YouTube for posterity. Regardless of who is speaking, all videos will begin the same way —with Harold Shipp and his $$$threat$$$ of political oblivion to any Councillor who’d stand up during a recorded vote in support of a judicial inquiry.

Video: “Mega-builder” Harold Shipp warns MISSISSAUGA Councillors. Councillor George Carlson responds (3:53 min)

So. First video of  Ward 11 Councillor George Carlson and why he supported the judicial review, followed by a transcript from the video. All transcripts will be sent to the City Clerk for inclusion into the Council minutes for this meeting.

We begin.

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS:

VIDEO INTRODUCTION speaking AGAINST a judicial inquiry. “Mega-builder” HAROLD SHIPP:

If I were sitting there among you, Ladies and Gentlemen, who serve on our Council today, I would be wondering what my position would be one year from now when an election is held and how many of you might have a chance for re-election —IF you proceed with the action you are contemplating now.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers into camera:

Now that’s a threat. Isn’t that interesting..

DIP TO BLACK (to signify later in the meeting).

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Councillor Carlson.

COUNCILLOR GEORGE CARLSON:

Thank you very much Mr. Acting Mayor. I appreciate the opportunity just to say a few words that may be a slightly different tone than some of the other comments made. I think it’s sad in a way that it’s looked as a win-lose here today.

This was a process because we really, as a governing body, find ourselves vexed by the issues we’re reading about here today. And they haven’t just started dogging us yesterday at noon. This has been going on for some years.

And we’ve spent a considerable amount of money trying in our own way to get to the bottom of many of these issues. And in my opinion, I don’t think we’ve been all that successful. And it continues to hang over Council .

And when you read of the divisions on Council, you’re mostly talking about Enersource and the issues associated with OMERS and partnerships. So to me, I’m delighted that the motion is to delete Madam Mayor from that minor Conflict of Interest, which she’s already said she accepts responsibility. That is a nothing-issue as far as this inquiry is concerned

And as far as I’m concerned, Explanation Accepted. Forgotten about. That part is a Big Zero to me.

So because it’s so obvious from the heartfelt response from the folks here today that this appears to be a first-class witch hunt —must be Hallowe’en, we’re too much into the witch stuff, that we need—  This helps to de-focus that and gets us on the other issues which I’m afraid the media find a lot less interesting than going after dear old Hazel.

The kind of stuff about governance and ownership and shares puts most people to sleep. I have to agree with you. But, it’s Big Bucks and we have never properly settled that issue. And I don’t know how to do it other than this.

But I think another point of view as well too, the fact that we’re going to a judge, that speaks volumes to me as a Canadian. I love that we have a country where we  can go to an impartial judiciary and say look, we’ve played with the damn thing for two years and we’re not lawyers, judges.

And as I said to one resident today, if there was anything going on here, I would not want this group, much as I love them all, to be sitting in judgment of me. This is a non-starter —reat group of people to work with but, this is not a court of law.

So I think sometimes when you’re stuck, you’re stuck and you’ve got to get some help from somebody. And for me, that’s all this is about and the speculation about politics and who’s the Mayor—

I would think, to be honest with you, Carolyn Parrish has lost 20 points in leading this thing because this is not helping her for Mayor at all. And she gettin’  a lot of advice that brought this because for sure this is costing her votes if she ever were to run for Mayor.

So you may get your wish in that she’ll never be elected Mayor but we still  have to sort out these problems and that’s why I’m supporting — It has nothing to do with the Mayor. I’ve known her —I’m trying to think when I first met Hazel, I think I was probably three years old or something. I have no interest in any vexatious action against her.

But by golly, I don’t know what else to do. I guess you could hire a consultant —we’ve done all of the consultants. We’ve done, we’ve asked for outside lawyers and asked for —we need someone who can come in and sort out the stuff and say, here’s what you need to do and what/where you went wrong, if we did go wrong. And here’s how you can improve it for the future.

That’s all I’m voting for and if that’s bad, I guess that’s bad but that’s all I can say about it and I appreciate the opportunity, Mr. Chair

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Thank you. Councillor Mullin…

—VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS—

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

“This isn’t about Mayor Hazel McCallion. This is about Governance, how do we improve it. Not only for this municipality, but across the Province. And I don’t know what price tag you put on that. Is it ten thousand? Is it one million? Is it ten million? I don’t know.”

—Mississauga Councillor Carmen Corbasson regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

I want to be clear though that the decision I make, the decision then—the decision I make today is for no one’s political gain. (Jeer from audience) I make this decision because I truly believe it’s the right thing to do.

—Mississauga Councillor Frank Dale regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

MISSISSAUGA MUSE, MISSISSAUGAWATCH "Conducting Administrative, Oversight & Ombudsman Investigations" GARETH JONES


Comments

3 Responses to “MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor George Carlson, “I would think, to be honest with you, Carolyn Parrish has lost 20 points in leading this thing because this is not helping her for Mayor at all.””

  1. HorseAndBuggyForever on November 26th, 2009 4:52 pm

    Hazel is desperately calling groups and asking that they come to the rally on December 2. She is making the calls personally to people she has never called before. Hazel is desperate. She is telling people that she needs them to come because she needs to stop Carolyn Parrish.
    I guess it would be awkward to just tell the truth: Come to the rally because Hazel doesnt want her bad behaviour investigated.

  2. The Mississauga Muse on November 26th, 2009 8:24 pm

    Hi HorseAndBuggyForever,

    You wrote,

    “Hazel is desperately calling groups and asking that they come to the rally on December 2. She is making the calls personally to people she has never called before. Hazel is desperate. She is telling people that she needs them to come because she needs to stop Carolyn Parrish.”

    What evidence do you have that Mayor McCalion is personally making calls to people that she’s never called before? Frankly I’m surprised.

    I mean think about it. Let’s say all of MYTHissauga showed up and crammed the Convention Centre. I mean cripes, let’s say these organizers are bringing in busloads from all over the country to pad the thing. And let’s say the Seven Councillors relent and stop the Inquiry.

    And then?

    What? Somehow McCallion is vindicated? I’d like to think most Mississaugans and an even greater percentage of Canadians would think that stinks to high Heaven. How would that work? The only message sent to the world is The Law Does Not Apply to Hazel McCallion. Which, by the way, would prove me (and a whole lot of others) right.

    You wrote:

    “I guess it would be awkward to just tell the truth: Come to the rally because Hazel doesnt want her bad behaviour investigated.”

    All we know for sure right now is that McCallion failed to declare Conflict of Interest on an item that she had previously declared Conflict of Interest on. That’s a pretty big point. She had declared before so I really can cut her some slack that she forgot. (I sure have missed stuff on the agenda!) What bothers me are the minutes. What also bothers me is discovering just last week how in a May 13, 2009 Council meeting, City Staff sneaked about a half dozen By-Laws over to the Mayor after she and Council rubber-stamped 30 others.

    Those half dozen weren’t on the agenda, or any additional agenda —and one By-Law (the second) when passes ensured continued “peace officer” status to Mississauga Corporate Security guards That is one way that the Misstapo manage to avoid the independent public complaints system provided in Bill 159. That one stinksstinksstinks.

    At Council yesterday I was assured that was not the intention and I ain’t buying it. Frankly, I’ve just been lied to left, right, centre, up, down, sideways, Past, Present and fully expect to be in the Future.

    Let me tell you what Freedom of Information and observing the Audit Committee since October 2006 tells me. McCallion was betrayed by Staff. Take this to the bank. If they really respected her as they claim, they wouldn’t run the lying pile-of-shit-outfit they routinely inflict on the Public. If I were McCallion people would be fired, and drop-kicked from the clock tower on the way out. She deserved Staff who worked as hard as she does. Instead she got people who lie just as readily to her (and to Councillors) as they do the Public.

    That’s my message to the Mayor. I got screwed over by her Staff but not near the degree that she’s been betrayed.

    Anyway. I hope the Mayor comes out of this all right and the majority of her Leadership Team get thoroughly nailed (but I doubt I’ll be that lucky).

  3. Bright Snoop on November 27th, 2009 11:44 am

    All we know for sure right now is that McCallion failed to declare Conflict of Interest on an item that she had previously declared Conflict of Interest on.

    This is not correct. Recall that this issue arose from somebody paying close attention to court documents filed in a lawsuit between World Class Developments (WCD) and the owner of the land they wanted to buy. That was how it became public that McCallion had attended private meetings about a deal that involved her son (who also attended).

    WCD wanted to build a convention centre and hotel, something Hazel has always wanted. The land would have to be rezoned to allow that use, raising a second angle on her conflict of interest. No matter what her motives, the Mayor put herself in a position where at least the appearance of a conflict of interest was inevitable. As Don Barber keeps pointing out, the mere appearance is enough to require an inquiry.

    The inquiry will be about the Mayor’s intent, not her actions. I predict that the outcome of this will be identical to the outcome the last time McCallion was involved in conflict of interest allegations: guilty, but no harm done, carry on Hazel. She will then proclaim that she’s been found innocent. The only question is whether the process will actually awaken enough of Mississauga to discourage her from running again.


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