Welcome to Mississauga

The population of Mississauga is approximately 700,000, making Mississauga the 6th largest city in Canada. Boris Johnson, eat your heart out, but Mississauga is probably the only city in the entire world which is “Debt Free”.

The following short video will show you how the city is run by Hazel McCallion (age 88) who was first elected Mayor of Mississauga in November, 1978, and is the longest serving Mayor in the City’s history. She was acclaimed in 1980, re-elected in 1982 and 1985, acclaimed again in 1988 and re-elected in 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2006. Eleven elections to date!

In the video you will hear that she was hit by a truck a few years ago. She was OK but the truck had to go in for repair!

The city’s website states: In 1991, Mayor McCallion became the first Mayor of a major municipality to submit the annual operating budget to residents for their input and scrutiny. She is also among the first mayors of major municipalities to be openly committed to a pay-as-you-go philosophy. The City has not had to borrow money since 1978 and is currently debt-free with reserves of Can$700,000,000. (As far as I can make out, she is not related, in any way, to Baroness Margaret Thatcher!)

If you take a look at Wikipedia you will learn more about this remarkable woman, including the following honours so far awarded to her:

  • In 2005 she was made a Member of the Order of Canada. She is also one of the few non-Germans to be a Member of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

  • She ranked second in the 2005 international World Mayor poll, behind only Dora Bakoyannis of Athens.

  • The University of Toronto at Mississauga has named their new library and academic learning centre after McCallion, in appreciation for the support offered to the campus in its growth and development.

  • The Peel Board of Education has named a school after her: the Hazel McCallion Senior Public School.

  • Four different Hazel McCallion bobblehead dolls have been made.

  • Bell Mobility commemorated her achievements with a ringtone featuring her saying “Answer the phone! This is Hazel McCallion calling from the great city of Mississauga.” All proceeds from the ringtone sale will go to charity

  • She was named “American Woman of the Year” in Who’s Who of American Women, as well as “Woman of the Year 2001” by an international business lobby

  • The Delta Meadowvale Hotel has a Hazel McCallion Room in her honour

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