Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion started her first day of testimony at a judicial inquiry probing her involvement in her son’s land deal by saying she did not know he was an owner in World Class Developments.

Instead, McCallion said in response to a question from her lawyer, she thought Peter McCallion represented an investor.

She added she knew little else about the investors he had lined up for the hotel, convention centre and condominium project near city hall.

Asked if her understanding of Peter’s role in the company changed between 2005 and 2009, McCallion set the stage for her defence at the inquiry, saying, “Not to my knowledge.”

It is a position that lawyers at the inquiry will surely be grilling her over the next few days, given that she witnessed a trust agreement that made her son an owner, just as the land purchase from a giant pension fund was being finalized in January 2007.

Over the summer, the inquiry has heard testimony that the mayor was involved in the purchase of the land, concessions made to Peter’s company World Class Developments by the pension fund, and a $4-million settlement when the deal died in early 2009.

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