Hazel McCallion at her home in a file image.Keith Beatty (Getty Images)

No one is retiring Hazel McCallion. The Canadian politician, mayor of Mississauga (Ontario) for 36 years, recently celebrated the renewal of his employment contract. At 101, he will continue to serve on the Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. Lester b. Pearson Airport, the busiest airport in Canada. He has held this position since 2017, where he also acts as a representative of the federal government.

Announcing the continuation of his contract, Union Transport Minister Omar Alcabra highlighted his decades of experience in community life and expressed hope that his successes at Canada’s largest airport would continue. In 2019, before the devastation of the epidemic was realized, Lester B. Pearson Airport served more than 50 million passengers.

Decorated with the Order of Canada in 2005, Hazel McCallion is one of the country’s most important political figures. She was mayor Mississauga, the third most populous city in Ontario, on the outskirts of Toronto, Between 1978 and 2014. He decides not to run again at the age of 93. Her way of managing public affairs and her direct and often humorous tone set her apart. In February 2003, he was hit by a van. He was hospitalized for two days. After his departure, he announced in front of the microphones: “The truck is still being repaired.”

Despite his hatred of campaigning and political donations, McClellan won the referendum 12 times and was re-elected twice. The media called him a “financial conservative”. One of his most popular phrases during his years as mayor was, “I learned to do things with some resources. For this reason, today I am spending taxpayers’ money myself, not a lot. The people of Mississauga want it. “However, McClellan has a liberal outlook on other issues. In 2015, he publicly supported Justin Trudeau in the federal election that brought the Liberals to power. Has been singled out for conflict of interest.

Born in Port-Daniel (Quebec) in 1921, Hazel McCallion graduated as a secretary. He repeatedly stressed that he did not come to university classes due to the family’s economic crisis. She played ice hockey for a few years in the Women’s Professional League. He then worked in private companies and married a photographer in 1952 (he died in 1997); The couple had three children. McClellan was president of the Young Anglican Association of Canada. Later, she began to stand out in municipal politics at a time when there were not many women in the country in this field, until she arrived at the head office in Mississauga.

Hazel McCallion’s agenda is not limited to her activities at the airport agency. On March 17, the University of Toronto announced that McCallion would continue to serve as a special adviser at its Mississauga campus, which he has held since 2015. On the day of the announcement, university officials described him as “a precious resource”. The Canadian continues to show that the author of his famous nickname was not mistaken: he has been known as “Hazel Hurricane” for decades.

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