In many places the mood seems to be to throw incumbents out but not in Missassauga. Missassauga re-elected their 89 year old mayor for her 12th straight term. Hazel McCallion has said that this will be her last term but that she will work hard and not be a lame duck.
Hurricane Hazel as she is nicknamed has been mayor of Mississauga, Ontario's third largest city just west of Toronto, since 1978. She said:"I will tell you that I am going to work as hard as I have for the last 33 years. Over the next four years, we have wonderful challenges."
McCallion said the top challenge for her and her newly elected council would be the implementation of the city's strategic plan. The plan sets out how the residents want the city to look in the 21st century. McCallion said:"People have spoken and got involved to give us their message and we have incorporated that into the strategic plan of the city,"
There was some controversy during the campaign concerning her possible involvement in a deal between the city and a company partly owned by her son. As a result McCalllion garnered a mere 76 per cent of the vote. She usually gets 90 per cent!