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Hazel McCallion

Hazel McCallion

Biography

Hazel McCallion was first elected mayor in 1978, defeating popular incumbent by about 3,000
votes. During McCallion’s terms in office, Mississauga grew from a small collection of towns and
villages to one of Canada’s largest cities, much of which occurred after the 1976 election of
government sparked an exodus of and corporations from Montreal to the Greater Toronto Area. The
shifting geography of corporate power in Canada. McCallion was easily elected throughout her
career as mayor, with no serious challengers coming close to unseating her. She never campaigned
during elections and refused to accept political donations, instead of asking her supporters to donate
the money to charity. Her final term as mayor, won in the election of October 2010, was her twelfth
consecutive term.
She announced during her final term that she would not be running for re-election
in the 2014 municipal elections. In 2012, McCallion was the third highest-paid mayor in Canada,
with a salary of $187,057.