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Grudging admission from mayor

It took three days of unrelenting questioning before Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion grudgingly acknowledged there might be an appearance of conflict of interest when she pushed for a multimillion-dollar land deal benefiting her son’s interests.

It took three days of unrelenting questioning before Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion grudgingly acknowledged there might be an appearance of conflict of interest when she pushed for a multimillion-dollar land deal benefiting her son’s interests.

“The appearance was there,” McCallion said for the first time Thursday, when asked what it might mean to most people when she put pressure on a pension fund to alter the conditions on a deal benefiting her son’s company.

“Obviously, the son of the mayor was involved.”

But that’s as far she would go on her final day of testimony at the judicial inquiry examining her role in a $1.5-billion hotel project initiated by Peter McCallion’s company, World Class Developments.

The inquiry is now adjourned until mid-November, when experts on conflict of interest issues testify.

 
 
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