So now we know and it cost Mississauga taxpayers $6.5 million to find out. Without a shadow of a doubt, Hazel Mc Callion did everything she knew how, to help her son make millions in a real estate deal.Only he didn't.
A former city manager was fingered by Justice Cunningham for his part in the affair .
Will Don Cherry come out once again to rally support for Hazel?
Will Carolyn Parrish get credit for being right?
Did Hazel once again contribute to Parish's defeat in the by-election by telling voters she can't work with that woman?
Was it all for the good of Mississuaga ?
Or was it plain old-fashioned human greed ?
Hazel has said, she will not apologise and she will not resign.
Justice Cunningham says he is saddened and recommends the Province pass new stricter rules for municipal politicians.
Like we see stuff like that every day. Municipal politicians in the way of making millions with a word in the right place and unable to resist the temptation ?
Like the Province is doing anything now to enforce regulations already on the books.
In the wake of the computer scandal inquiry that cost Toronto $13 million , Provincial knee -jerk reaction was to pass regulations permitting municipalities to adopt a Code Of Conduct.
And look how that was used.
I guess Justice Cunningham isn't aware, it takes a citizen to retain a lawyer at his own expense to file a Conflict of Interest charge against a politician who clearly and openly uses a position of trust to influence a decision for personal benefit.
A feature was done on Hazel, where she revealed she prays every morning.
Now what are we to make of it all ?
The story should take the heat off Rob Ford for a bit, The Toronto media are as eager to make a black-hearted devil out of Ford, as they were to make a Saint out of Hazel.
We shall see how the story unfolds.