Ford Government hires Hazel McCallion as advisor for municipal affairs
Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion
Chris Herhalt, CP24.com
Published Friday, January 18, 2019 5:06PM EST
Last Updated Friday, January 18, 2019 5:17PM EST
The Ford Government has appointed longtime former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion as a paid special advisor to Premier Doug Ford and Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark.
McCallion, who served as Mississauga’s mayor from 1978 to 2014, will join the PC government days after it announced a sweeping review of regional municipal governments in the province.
“Ms. McCallion brings many decades of public service, public advocacy and, most importantly, public representation that will enable her to provide advice to the Premier and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on a range of municipal issues,” the Ford government said in a statement Friday.
On Tuesday, the PCs said they would initiate a complete review of regional government and lower-tier municipalities, focusing on their ability to deliver services and maintain access for residents.
Michael Fenn, a former municipal chief administrative officer and provincial deputy minister, along with Ken Seiling, a former chair of Waterloo Region, were appointed as advisers to lead the review.
Results of the review are expected sometime in the summer of 2019.
Current Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said hiring McCallion was an "excellent choice."
"She is an excellent choice to be an advisor to the Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs as there are few, if any, with more municipal government experience in Canada," Crombie said in a statement issued Friday. "I know Hazel understands Mississauga’s issues and positions and will be a strong advocate for our City and the municipal sector."
The province says McCallion, who will be 98 next month, will be paid a maximum of $150,000 per year.
McCallion, a longtime Liberal, endorsed Ford and the PCs in the 2018 election, saying Ford was “hardworking” and “committed to fixing Ontario’s finances.”