April 6th, 2007
In 2005, Mayor Hazel McCallion was runner-up in the 2005 World Mayor Contest.
At the World Mayor website, it states:
“The aim of the internet-based World Mayor project, which was launched by City Mayors in January 2004, is to raise the profile of mayors worldwide by honouring those who have served their communities well and have made significant contributions to cities nationally and internationally. “
The World Mayor website contains an Interview with Hazel McCallion and continues:
“Hazel McCallion interviewed by an international audienceCity Mayors invited those who participated in World Mayor 2005 to put questions to Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion. The Mayor was runner-up in World Mayor 2005. From the many questions received, a representative selection was forwarded to the Mayor. Below, she replies in detail, as well as with candour and thoughtfulness.”
One question struck me most—this one “From Pradheep, Mississauga”:
“We hear constantly of cronyism and corruption on every level of government throughout the world. What steps did you take to prevent it in Mississauga?”—Pradheep, Mississauga
“Mayor McCallion replied:
First of all, corruption and cronyism stem from a number of factors such as lack of accountability, a weak reporting structure and ambiguous or non-existent corporate policies and procedures etc. What we have done at the City of Mississauga is put into place measures to try to prevent corruption before it happens. We have an accountable and transparent governance system in place; procedures open to public scrutiny; a strong internal audit system; a responsible and effective senior management team; provide the public with access to information; allow public access to Council and committee meetings, and we have ensured that all employees and elected officials are made aware of the expected standards, polices and corporate procedures. We feel that these measures are an effective way to address the issue of corruption and cronyism.”
Over the next weeks, perhaps even months, we will explore the list of assurances that Mississauga’s Mayor gave to Pradheep as part of the 2005 World Mayor Contest.
I’ll leave readers with this thought from my hero on this Good Friday, 2007.
“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.” —Edward R. Murrow
“We must employ every possible tactic to dissuade those who try to silence us with fear” —The Mississauga News Editorial (2007-03-24)