Veteran Mississauga Mayor Supports Tory for Toronto Mayor

Long-time Mississauga Mayor, Hazel McCallion, has publicly endorsed frontrunner Toronto mayoral candidate, John Tory, just three days before residents are set to go to the polls. Tory has already managed to receive numerous endorsements from a wide range of public figures, including politicians’ at all three levels.

During an interview, Ms. McCallion stated that “if the Toronto residents elect John Tory, I know he will make every effort to provide the leadership that is lacking at the present time by the mayor of Toronto in providing that co-operation [in the Greater Toronto Area].” Previously, Ms. McCallion took a celebrated fishing trip with outgoing Mayor Rob Ford last year, where the 93-year-old was nearly pulled into the water by a giant fish. Although Ms. McCallion had a friendly relationship with the Fords in the past, she began distancing herself in recent years.

Recently, 36-years mayor also endorsed Mississauga mayoral candidate, Bonnie Crombie, which brought her out on the top from trailing in the race to leading by 25 percentage points in a recent Forum Research poll. In addition to that, Ms. McCallion has also been a key ally to Premier Kathleen Wynne as she endorsed her in her run for the Ontario Liberal leadership and again in the general provincial election. Responding to the endorsement, Mr. Tory mentioned that “it is an honour to have the support of Mayor McCallion,” adding that “she is a legend. She has served the people of Mississauga for decades and led the city through a period of tremendous growth and prosperity.”

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