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Hazel McCallion dismisses Rob Ford's criticism of Kathleen Wynne

January 21, 2014
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MISSISSAUGA – 

Mayor Rob Ford got a polite smackdown from Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion as he tried to fire another shot in his public feud with Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Ford arrived at Friday’s meeting of GTA mayors openly questioning why Wynne wasn’t there and accusing her of choosing the Niagara Falls byelection over the communities hit by the ice storm.

“She should be (here). If I was the premier and had all the mayors from around the province, why would you send a minister? It doesn’t make any sense,” Ford said.

Wynne was on the campaign trail in Niagara Falls on Friday with federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

After the meeting, McCallion — who spoke to Wynne by phone Friday morning — was confident Municipal Affairs Minister Linda Jeffrey would “carry that message back to the premier.”

But Ford maintained Wynne should have shown up.

In response, McCallion said that the mayor’s need to follow the established protocol.

“First of all you go to the minister responsible for that particular issue whether it is infrastructure, human resources, natural resources, etc.,” McCallion said. “If the answer back is not satisfactory then you go to the top.”

But Ford disagreed.

“This affected over 7 million people, I think this is more important than a byelection right now,” Ford said. “I believe you go to the top, work down. As you know that’s what we did with the subway, met with the prime minister and take it from there.”

That comment led to McCallion having some fun with Ford’s logic.

“Well, if the premier was to be here, I guess we should have invited the prime minister,” McCallion said. “I believe you go up through the process and then you decide whether you go to the top if you’re not getting the answers through the process.”

McCallion added that she invited the minister not the premier.

“First of all, before you can approach anybody we had to know what we wanted,” she said. “You’ve got to do your homework if you’re going after something. I believe we did our homework today in a very responsible way.”

But afterwards Ford was maintaining his position on Wynne — who refused his request earlier this week for a one-on-one meeting.

“I wouldn’t have sent the minister, it is like sending your chief of staff,” Ford said.

“She wants to go door-knocking out in Niagara Falls, I wish her luck.”

A spokesman for Wynne said the government “will continue to work to help support ice storm recovery efforts across the GTHA.”

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Mayor Hazel McCallion isn’t having second thoughts about her decision to retire.

McCallion — who has been mayor of Mississauga since 1978 — has said she won’t be seeking a 12th term in this fall’s municipal election.

The race to replace McCallion is off to a slow start with no one yet registered to run for mayor.

But despite the lack of candidates, McCallion made it clear following Friday’s meeting of the GTA mayors that she won’t be sticking around.

“I said it in the meeting and I’ll say it here, I came in with a derailment and I’m going out with an ice storm,” McCallion said.

McCallion wrapped up the mayors’ press conference by promising to try to get the GTA leaders to tackle one more thing in the near future.

“The next thing we’re going to deal with if I have my wish is the gridlock in the GTA — working together to stop it,” she said.

Article source: http://www.torontosun.com/2014/01/17/hazel-mccallion-dismisses-rob-fords-criticism-of-kathleen-wynne

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