Jun 14, 2013
By Scott Walker
One of the longest-serving political leaders in history will get to extend her record.
Ontario Superior Court Justice John Sproat dismissed a complaint that Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion violated conflict of interest regulations by voting at Peel Regional Council on a plan to build a 1.5-billion dollar hotel and convention centre near Mississauga city hall. McCallion’s son was involved in the deal.
But Sproat was very critical of McCallion’s claim that she didn’t know her son was involved. Sproat’s ruling rejected most of her arguments, but found her not guilty on a technicality, because of the length of time it took for the complaint to be filed.
Municipal Affairs expert John Mascarin says he’s not surprised at the ruling. He says judges are very reluctant to remove elected officials from office.