Young Geoffrey (ed_rex) wrote,
Young Geoffrey

Gossip: Huricane Hazel Strikes Again

According to today's paper, Mississauga's 87 year-old mayor, Hazel McCallion has declared she is "taking on" federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty over the latter's refusal to help fund municipal infrastructure in this country.

Whatever I think of her city, McCallion, who was first elected in 1978 and was re-elected last year with 91% of the vote, is one tough cookie. And seeing her in the news again reminded me of a story I heard when I was last in Sudbury, from someone who claims to have heard it from the proverbial horse's mouth.

Apparently, during Sudbury's last municipal election, mayoral candidate (and now mayor) John Rodriguez, who was 69 himself at the time, was concerned about being characterized as "too old" for the job and so called Hurricane Hazel for advice.

Quoth Hazel: "Tell them to fuck off."

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