Former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion has been hired as Premier Doug Ford’s “special adviser” on municipal affairs for up to $150,000 a year.
The 97-year-old McCallion, mayor from 1978 until 2014, endorsed Ford’s Progressive Conservatives in last June’s election after supporting the Liberals for their previous four victorious campaigns.
“The Liberals have admitted everything hasn’t been perfect in Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario. Well, that’s one way of putting it,” she said last spring.
“Doug has committed to fixing Ontario’s finances.”
At the time, Wynne noted she and McCallion, who had been close political allies for years, said they broke because “she has been asking me for two years to open up the Greenbelt and I’ve said a firm no.”
“I can see why she would find Doug Ford an attractive candidate,” the then-Liberal premier said.
Ford, whose government is examining the province’s growth plan and looking at regional government in 82 municipalities across Ontario, said Friday that McCallion, a proponent of Mississauga breaking from Peel Region, will also advise Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark “on a range of municipal issues.”