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Bonnie Crombie takes over from Hazel in Mississauga

October 30, 2014
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MISSISSAUGA – 

A hurricane of a campaign in Mississauga ended with Bonnie Crombie capturing the mayor’s post.

It marks the first time in 36 years that Hazel McCallion won’t be calling City Hall her home as the legendary mayor has retired.

Crombie, 54, topped Steve Mahoney, 67, a former Mississauga city councillor, MPP and MPP, by a substantial margin.

“I’m truly honoured. What a journey this has been … the best days are still ahead,” Crombie said, adding her fiscally-responsible agenda resonated with voters.

“In addition to the platform and policies I’ve put forward, I have committed a huge amount of energy and commitment to the issues facing our communities,” she said. “I think the strength of my campaign has been my ideas and vision for Mississauga, which have been very well received by residents.”

During the campaign, there was more than the typical bad blood between the top two contenders.

After Crombie was endorsed by McCallion, she went from a dead heat in the polls with Mahoney to having an edge.

Mahoney admits it became a roller-coaster ride after McCallion “stuck her nose in.”

“I’ve been accused of killing kittens. You can’t influence people’s votes with lies,” he said.

Mahoney accused Crombie of playing dirty by releasing McCallion’s endorsement on the same weekend as his mother passed away.

Although Crombie was asked to leave a visitation for Mahoney’s mother, she said she only attended as a sincere expression.

Mahoney then issued a release after the advance polls saying he had a “decisive” lead based on exit polls conducted by his staff.

Crombie came out swinging, saying the claim, “is an outright lie and the entire release is misleading.”

“His dubious tactics and creative math are the sign of a desperate campaign,” she said.

Crombie said her first order of business is to meet with councillors to discuss priorities and what they want to achieve.

“I hope to meet with all council members to develop a strong working relationship and build open communication amongst all,” she said. “As well, budget discussions will begin soon … and I will get to work … to deliver a fiscally-responsible budget for our city.

Mahoney said running Canada’s sixth largest city is not an entry level position.

He claimed Crombie isn’t up for the job.

“Experience isn’t an asset – it’s an absolute necessity,” said Mahoney. “Electing a mayor who needs to learn on the job, with her untested ideas and risky plans, (is) a serious mistake.”​

Article source: http://www.torontosun.com/2014/10/27/bonnie-crombie-takes-over-from-hazel-in-mississauga

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