MAYORALTY CAMPAIGN: McCALLION ATTACKS FROMM, IGNORES OTHER 15 CHALLENGERS
PORT CREDIT. September 13, 2010. The campaign for mayor of Mississauga opened with some fireworks Monday night, I was on the receiving end of a Grandma McCallion scolding, but my issue -- immigration -- was highlighted.
At 89, after 32 years in office, an embattled Hazel McCallion is seeking a 13th term as Mayor of Mississauga. Facing an inquiry into a dicey development deal involving her son and the city and possible conflict of interest, Mrs. McCallion ignored three challengers who specifically attacked her record, one calling her "the Queen of Sprawl." Instead, at an all-candidates meeting Monday night at the Ruth Thompson Middle School in northwest Mississauga, Mrs. McCallion instead attacked me.
I got a tongue lashing for challenging the credo of the politically correct -- the huge benefits of massive, population changing immigration. It was a pretty "diverse" crowd that half filled the school auditorium. Of the 16 people challenging Mrs. McCallion, nine showed up. The mayoralty candidates spoke last. Each of us had a mere three minutes to explain what we offered.
Mrs. McCallion waltzed in late and took up nearly twice her time allotment. Although I had said nothing critical of her -- instead looking at the big picture: how can we continue to stuff people into a city already facing gridlock and already full -- I took the slashing of her sharp tongue.
"Anybody who is against immigration," she scolded. Is bad? I didn't hear the rest of the sentence. "We're a nation of immigrants. We need immigrants!' she rasped playing to the 75% "diverse crowd." Flattered they hooted and cheered with delight.
Well, Hazel, my family weren't immigrants and actually neither were yours, The mayor was born in the Gaspe. "We need immigtrants" may rouse the rabble, but, with 8.2% official unemployment, what jobs are they going to do? With Mississauga already essentially full and with another 300,000 people scheduled to arrive in Peel Region over the next six years, what will this flood do for traffic gridlock, overcrowding and our already strained health and services.
Earlier when I rose to speak for my three minutes, I hit the immigration theme. There were a few boos and a few scattered cries of "racism". That's the usual discussion stopper. I nowhere mentioned the makeup of the immigration flood, but merely the numbers. However, the smear of "racism" has been effective in silencing serious critics of the demographic changing policies successive governments have followed since 1965.
The candidate sitting beside me wrote a quick summary of each mayoral candidate. I was flattered to note he had me down as a "serious candidate."
The audience was, well, 75% diverse. Many candidates wonder about the usefulness of these forums as most of those in attendance are not "real people" -- or those truly interested in learning. The majority are the wives, husbands, children or followers of one or other of the many candidates.
As the crowd melted away, a few people clustered around my table. A tiny German lady, whispered: "Is your name German?" "Yes, I replied, It means 'pious' or 'holy.'" I made a praying gesture with my hands. "I'm not," I grinned. I knew I had her vote. One serious Indian gentleman who can count numbers, told me he agreed with me that Mississauga is full and would be in my corner.
Earlier, as I listened to the candidates for school trustee and councillor, I was glad I had not eaten supper. The nonsense and foolishness alternately made me sick to my stomach or forced me to bite my lip so as not to burst out in gales of laughter.
One school board candidate, clearly no threat to the incumbent, was some East Indian. We sat in dutiful silence or fidgetted with boredom through his three minute talk that was so accented and unintelligible that even I, as a linguist, could catch but about half a dozen words.
A Ms O'Hearn running for the Dufferin Peel Separate School Board wowed the audience with this wisdom: "We're dynamic, we're diverse and we're enthusiastic." I looked around at the sleepy audience and wondered what universe the willowy blonde was describing. Could she really believe such nonsense?
Sue McFadden, a former Peel School trustee now graduated to councillor, apparently with an eye on a contingent in the audience, amazed us with the news: "I sense the suffering of the people of Pakistan." Well, whoopie for her humanitarian instincts. What about the suffering of our own homeless and unemployed and much put-upon taxpayers right here in Mississauga?
Another East Indian candidate for councillor, I believe, listed as his chief credential that he'd been raising money for Pakistan. Bully for you, I thought, and you're running for office in Karachi? Oh, no, here is Mississauga. So, what have you done for Canada, I thought, but in gentlemanly fashion kept this question to myself.
By now I was seriously in need of a brimming glass of red wine. The tomfoolery was beyond all endurance. Still there was more to come.
Up popped a peanut of a fellow, Filipino, I would guess. He was running for councillor. Vacuous as Ms McFadden was, I felt her seat was safe from a challenge from this upstart. He wore a grubby CAW (Canadian Autoworkers') teeshirt and waved his arms furiously. He too was nearly unintelligible. I gathered he was fighting for equity and against discrimination. [Really? Under government mandated anti-White discrimination called "employment equity" only workers of European persuasion, especially males, are on the short end of the stick.] His chief credential, it seemed, was being a member of some "Aboriginal and Workers of Colour Committee." Then, incongruously, he assured us "he was just an ordinary citizen like us." Well, not like me. I'm not a member of such a divisive committee like his. I guess these are the joys of "diversity."
Well, off into the cooling night air my friend Wolfgang and I marched. I hastened back to Port Credit and a well deserved minute steak and Merlot, just in time to be fortified for my 12:00 a.m. nightly show as the "Midnight Man" on Stormfront Radio. -- Paul Fromm
Candidates call for change
- J.P. Antonacci
- Sep 14, 2010 - 11:36 AM
Listening in. Mayoral candidates, in the front row, listen as Mayor Hazel McCallion has the floor Monday night during an all-candidates meeting at Ruth Thompson Middle School. The meeting, which gave each candidate three minutes to introduce themselves and their platforms, was hosted by the Churchill Meadows Residents' Association. Photo by Steven Der-Garabedian
Thank you, Hazel, but it’s time to go. That was the main message from 10 mayoral hopefuls at last night’s all-candidates meeting in Churchill Meadows.
Candidates for Ward 10 councillor and wards 9 & 10 public and Catholic school trustees also spoke to a crowded gymnasium at Ruth Thompson Middle School. The meeting was sponsored by the Churchill Meadows Residents Association.
While most mayoral candidates were careful to first praise Mayor Hazel McCallion’s 30-plus years of service to the city, they also charged that the incumbent no longer offers a relevant vision for Mississauga as it continues to grow.
Particularly, candidates made repeated mention of McCallion’s recent call for voters to “elect councillors who will work with the mayor in the interest of the city and not their political ambitions” as an example of how she is unwelcoming of debate and differing viewpoints among her council colleagues.
Mayoral candidate Ram Selvarajah pleaded with McCallion, who typically does not campaign but was at last night’s meeting, to release her platform so citizens can see what they're in store for should the long-serving mayor be elected to her 12th and, she says, final term in office. Former City councillor David Cook stressed that “Mississauga is a democracy, not a monarchy,” and recommended McCallion “bask in the accolades” and enjoy retirement.
Other candidates were less charitable in their critiques. Former school trustee George Winter suggested that McCallion’s decision to open the city to mass development was “the single most catastrophic (thing) Mississauga has seen,” an idea echoed by political activist and regular mayoral candidate Donald Barber, who decried what he calls the “cult of McCallion.”
Perhaps in response to the unusual amount of vitriol directed her way by increasingly confident challengers, the mayor herself did offer a few policy tidbits, including plans for a city-wide bike path system, new spaces for emerging sports like cricket and a proposed employment summit. But she added that, as mayor, “I campaign all the time,” and urged those wanting to donate to her campaign to instead give the money to charity, “because they sure need it.”
The largely pro-McCallion crowd erupted into applause when the mayor strongly commended the crucial role immigrants have played as city-builders, which contrasted the heckles directed at radio host Paul Fromm’s earlier call to halt immigration to the cash-strapped region, claiming, “We’re all filled up.”
Few candidates addressed what Mississauga without McCallion would look like, as the mayor’s alleged iron grip on democracy took up most of the allotted three minutes per speech. Environmentalist Peter Orphanos called for the additional purchase and preservation of green spaces to create a “people-centred city,” but also attempted to stir McCallion’s conscience by saying, “We love you, Madame Mayor, but if you really love Mississauga, you’ll pass the torch.”
Residents also heard from eight candidates vying to oust incumbent councillor Sue McFadden, who called for “honest, transparent, accountable government” that would value “independent thinking” from councillors – another thinly veiled reference to McCallion’s request for councillors she can work with.
Council candidate Murza Baig commented that the young ward was no longer just a bedroom community, and was woefully lacking in services. Patrick Mendes identified the recently purchased Ninth Line land as an ideal site for a community centre, swimming pool, baseball diamond and other amenities, and in a fiery speech Bill McBain promised to be “a fighter for the community” with a strong voice on council to advocate for Churchill Meadows and, provincially, for the city as a whole.
Some mayoral candidates expressed frustration with Mississauga’s traditionally low voter turnout – 24.7 per cent of registered voters cast their ballot in the 2006 election – and seemed intent on changing the public perception of McCallion as “the mayor who can’t lose.”