February 15, 2010

How Stupid Are Mississaugans?

Put your hand down. I'm gonna answer this one.

Really, really, stupid. At the least the ones who take this latest news without a peep certainly are.

You may have elected a mayor who is arrogant enough to not run a campaign. Over and over again. She's taking for granted you love her that much, that she needn't say anything other than 'business as usual' and you will keep electing her. The fact that the world is changing at warp speed and the concerns and problems facing every city - including Mississauga - require far more than a same-old, same-old response seem to elude voters in Mississauga.

Here's something you should do, just for fun: demand that your elected officials exhibit a knowledge, interest and dedication to addressing the world as it will become, not just the one they see in sepia toned photo ops from years gone by.

While I am firmly on the record as believing term limits are a good, sane and necessary thing (sorry, but sitting on yer ass and lifting up your head every four years to figure out how to keep the ride going is not my idea of a dedicated elected official, though many seem to do exactly that), I recognize that democracy has put Ms. McCallion, and many others, in their chairs for eons. Fine.

But read the link. When it came to light that McCallion failed to declare a conflict of interest in a land development deal in her jurisdiction that her son was involved in (oops), there were her supporters, explaining in small words for we idiots that it was okay with them. Nope. No inquiry required, as long as they had McCallion's word that it was a tiny slip up. No big deal, right?


Sorry. Didn't mean to yell. And I really should have saved my ammo for this morning, when my morning paper reveals that now those same Mississaugans who believed this is no big deal will now have the chance to ante up further: Boy McCallion will have his legal bills paid for with taxpayer dollars.

Really? That's awesome! Because now I know that if I screw up, and I can just go down to city hall and ask them to pay my legal bills. Right? This is a great thing. I know from legal bills; I got divorced. Did you know you pay for paperclips? Did you know you shouldn't leave your lawyer a message, because they charge you to read the message? And staples. And the fifty cents for a stamp to send you a billion dollar bill? Yep. That too. And lawyers? Hold your fire. I know some wonderful lawyers, and I know some total disgraces.

Mississauga's legal department admits this is a precedent, paying the legal bills of someone who isn't a member of council. I should think so; I also think this is not quite what most people have in mind when their city is highlighted as setting a precedent in something. Most would prefer to be the first to have 100% participation in a recycling program. That would be a nice precedent. Maybe the first major city to have a council that reflects their community in a truly representational way. That would be terrific.

But no, this is a different precedent. The mayor's son gets his legal bills paid for allegedly trying to set up a deal and no doubt profit off the city his mother runs. And when the city rightfully decided an inquiry was needed (which was fought by way too many counselors, by the way), the poor lad cried poor. He needs funding to sit at the table.

You know, when someone gets their own way for too long, and answers to nobody, everybody loses. When an elected official acts with disdain for their constituents and truly believes 'trust me, everything is fine' is a justified answer, not only should sirens go off about their judgment on this particular issue, but it should call into question every decision they've made on the end of a very long leash.

Smarten up, Mississauga.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

For years, McCallion has been held up as an example of integrity and determination to uphold straight forward management of a city. I always wondered what kind of thugs would take over the city when she stopped running it. Sadly, it looks as though either Hazel is wilfully ignoring the possibility her son is manipulating things to his advantage, or Hazel may have some real weasels in her round table. It could even be that Hazel has gone bad. I don't live there so I just don't know. I have a feeling though setting a limit on terms will only mean the grafting and dealmaking will be done quicker and at a higher penalty against the citizens. A leopard don't change its spots when you dunk it in milk.

February 15, 2010 12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this City for real? I can't believe how anesthetized these idiots are. What flavour of kool-aid is this broad serving?

February 15, 2010 12:42 PM  
Blogger sxoidmal said...

I'm confronted with yet another difference between our nations. The Democratic candidate for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat lost because she entirely neglected to initiate and run a campaign for herself. Her inattention caused her to fall off the radar in what should have been a shoo-in election. Just another instance of culture shock for me, I guess.

February 15, 2010 2:29 PM  
Anonymous R. L. Parker said...

The Dems really screwed the pooch on the Kennedy thing. Now they no longer have a filibuster-proof Senate...which means the Republicans are never going to allow them to do anything. They should have convinced Kennedy's widow to run - even if just to serve one term. She would have won easily and they could have passed health care.

February 15, 2010 2:56 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

This would be a rhetorical question or you really want is to wade in on this?

February 16, 2010 8:20 AM  

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