NEWS Thursday, September 15, 2016
(Queen’s Park) – This afternoon, MPP Amrit Mangat reintroduced legislation to create a special day for one of Mississauga’s most popular and best known, former mayor Hazel McCallion. The legislation, now known as Bill 16, will if passed establish February 14th (McCallion’s birthday) of each year as Hazel McCallion Day in Ontario.
MPP Mangat previously introduced this legislation as Bill 215 in June of 2016. The government’s decision to prorogue the Ontario Legislature, however, meant that the bill needed to be reintroduced. Bills are given a number which corresponds to the order of introduction.
Bill 215 found strong support among Mississauga residents and community leaders, including the current mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie. McCallion’s life of accomplishments and contributions to her community have won her respect and admiration. When first elected as mayor of Streetsville, in 1970, the city of Mississauga barely resembled what it has become: Canada’s sixth largest city and an important centre of business and industry. In addition to the growth that McCallion oversaw and encouraged, she served an historic 36 years as mayor, often gaining more than 90 per cent of the vote share. Even after formally retiring from public life, in 2014, McCallion has remained an active support of post-secondary education and health-care in Mississauga, as well as a fundraiser for charities.
She has gained international notoriety for her leadership and won countless awards and honours for her work, not to least of which is having a school, a college campus and health-care facility named for her.
Petitions are circulating throughout Mississauga to gather signatures of support for Bill 16, and it may also be found online at MPP Mangat’s website.
Bill 16 will be debated at Second Reading on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016.
“Hazel McCallion has helped Mississauga grow from a community of small towns to one of Ontario’s largest, busiest and most important cities. More than that, she has given her talent and energy to public life and made a real difference in the lives of countless people. She is an example to women, especially young women, of what they can achieve and what they can offer to the world.”
- Amrit Mangat, MPP for Mississauga-Brampton South
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