McCallion one of ‘most influential mayors’ in Canadian history, says Oakville mayor


Published January 30, 2023 at 11:34 am

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton counts himself among the many who have benefited from former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion's advice and experience. McCallion died Sunday at the age of 101. TOWN OF OAKVILLE PHOTO

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton paid tribute to his “friend,” Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, who died Sunday at the age of 101.

Burton offered his condolences on behalf of Oakville, Council and himself to McCallion’s family, former colleagues and the City of Mississauga.

“Hazel McCallion will be remembered as one of the most influential mayors and politicians in Canadian history,” said Burton.

“She was also a great friend to many of my, past and present, mayoral colleagues across Ontario.”

Burton explained how the long-time Mississauga mayor was the first elected official to call him and offer assistance after his election in 2006.

“I count myself among the many who have benefited from her advice and from her long experience.”

McCallion was first elected in 1978 and would become the longest-serving mayor in Mississauga history, serving 36 years before her retirement in 2014.

Never afraid to say what she meant, the outspoken McCallion would be given the nickname “Hurricane Hazel.”

“Her passion for public service and the city of Mississauga never waned,” said Burton. “She is an inspiration to many young women and anyone hoping to contribute to public service in any capacity.”

In memory of McCallion, flags at all Town facilities will be flown at half-mast until sunset of the day of the funeral.

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