STATEMENT: Mayor Crombie Responds to the Passing of Hazel McCallion
January 29, 2023
“Today, we grieve the loss of Mississauga’s matriarch, Hazel McCallion – a fierce and passionate leader who touched the lives of many and who served as an inspiration to women in politics across the country. On behalf of the City of Mississauga, I offer my condolences to the entire McCallion family, who are mourning the loss of their mother and grandmother today.
Hazel lived a good life and the truth is that even in her final days, she never stopped giving back to this great city and to the people who proudly call it home.
As our first female Mayor at a very critical time in our history, she helped grow and shape Mississauga from farmland and fruit trees into the seventh-largest city in Canada with a quality of life that is “second to none.”
She was also proof that if you “do your homework,” you can achieve just about anything. Strong-willed and determined, she always fought for the best interests of Mississauga whether it was at the Council table, Queen’s Park or on Parliament Hill. Hurricane Hazel inspired countless women to speak out and have their voices heard, to take the leap into politics and demand a seat at the decision-making table.
She lived a life of service before self, and even long after her time in politics, she was still campaigning; whether it was to raise funds to build a new hospital, support local arts and culture or help ensure seniors age with grace. Everything she did was for the betterment of our city and to ensure that even long after her time, Mississauga thrives.
I will miss Hazel, not only as a mentor but as a friend. She was the driving force behind my decision to put my name on the ballot to succeed her as Mayor of this great city. I wouldn’t be the leader I am today if it wasn’t for her support and sage advice. As the saying goes, “if I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
Even in her final years, Hazel never stopped moving. I’ll miss the time we spent together on evenings and weekends, whether that was cutting ribbons for new businesses, raising funds for charity, walking in parades or speaking at festivals. I’ll cherish those moments and hold them near and dear to my heart.
After a life well lived, we take solace in the fact that Hazel is now at peace and has been reunited with her husband Sam.
I encourage all Mississaugans to take a moment today to reflect and thank Hazel for her life of service and contributions to our city. Her legacy and spirit will live on in Mississauga for generations to come.”
-Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga