He may have received an endorsement from U.S. President Barack Obama but Justin Trudeau won’t be getting one from iconic Hazel McCallion, The Sun has learned.
“They have been trying to get me to support him but I am not going to do it this time,” the legendary 98-year-old former Mississauga mayor confirmed Saturday.
While she backed Trudeau in 2015, she’s sitting this one out.
“I am concerned about things he and the Liberals have said about (Ontario Premier) Doug Ford,” she said. “And I also feel the same way about stuff said about (Alberta Premier) Jason Kenney. I don’t like the way they targeted the two premiers. I don’t think it is right.”
It’s no way to try to win an election,” she said. “It hasn’t been the cleanest election. It’s becoming too much like United States politics. I don’t like it.”
She said Kenney and Ford have adopted her philosophy of finding efficiencies without cutting programs and she’s not going to throw them under the bus when it’s how she steered her ship from 1978 until 2014.
“They are trying to tighten their belts,” she said. “When I was mayor of Mississauga we did that every year. We didn’t run deficits. We looked for efficiencies in every department and you know we found $1 million, sometimes $2 million, every time.”
But her not offering a confirmation for Trudeau goes deeper.
“I am concerned about the debt,” said McCallion.
And endless spending commitments.