A year ago this very same week, I took the next step in my commitment to the people of Mississauga, and registered to run for mayor.
It’s hard to believe that this month I have already hit my first 100 days in office as Mississauga’s new mayor.
As I look back on these days and weeks, I am proud of what has been accomplished, working alongside my City Council colleagues, senior staff, and dedicated community leaders.
In particular, there are ten different policy inroads and key accomplishments that stand out personally for me:
- Froze the Mayor’s salary for the entire four-year term of council;
- Passed the 2015 Budget with responsible tax rate growth below the rate of inflation;
- Met with Premier Kathleen Wynne; Finance Minister Charles Sousa; Transportation Minister Del Duca and other cabinet ministers to advance Mississauga’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) priorities;
- Launched and serving as Honorary Chair of the new Mississauga International Partnership Program (MIPP) with the goal of attracting job-creating investments;
- Launched the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee;
- Holding monthly Community Office Hours, beginning with Wards 1 and 2;
- Launched the Mayor’s Homelessness and Poverty Advisory Board;
- Premiered #CrombieConnects, a new TV show where residents can engage Mayor Crombie directly about local issues;
- Commissioned a staff report on reforming the towing industry to protect consumers;
- Commissioned a staff report to review and improve the delivery of city-wide services and programs.
I am mindful that we have only just begun and I look forward to the good work we have planned for Canada’s sixth largest city.
Finally, each day I am reminded of the tremendous honour the people of Mississauga have entrusted with me to serve as their new mayor.