‘He didn’t keep me well-advised’: Hazel McCallion tells conflict trial she didn’t know extent of son’s involvement in hotel project

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There was an air of déjà vu to Thursday’s proceedings inside a Brampton courthouse, where Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion was asked — for the second time in less than three years — to explain her involvement in her son’s controversial land deal.

Under questioning by her lawyer, Elizabeth McIntyre, a feisty Ms. McCallion reiterated much of her 2010 testimony from the city’s judicial inquiry, saying she knew little about Peter McCallion’s stake in the failed downtown hotel proposal, and personally promoted the deal in the broader economic interest. Defending herself against new conflict-of-interest allegations from Mississauga resident Elias Hazineh, the mayor maintained she abided by provincial legislation throughout the process, declaring a conflict in council when the project arose and avoiding situations where she could be seen to be “influencing” city staff.

The mayor also stressed that the hotel dream was not hers alone.

“Staff and council felt that we…

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