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Inquiry’s timing ‘unfair’ to McCallion, lawyer claims

Hazel McCallion’s lawyer has warned the Mississauga judicial inquirythat making her testify just before the Oct. 25 election would be“unfair” to the longtime mayor.

Hazel McCallion’s lawyer has warned the Mississauga judicial inquiry that making her testify just before the Oct. 25 election would be “unfair” to the longtime mayor.

The inquiry into a controversial land deal involving McCallion’s son — and tangentially the mayor herself — is already behind schedule, in part because it’s taking a long time to get documents. There is speculation it could extend past Labour Day and the Sept. 10 deadline for nominations.

“It’s fundamentally unfair, particularly for the mayor, to have the inquiry overlap that period,” lawyer Elizabeth McIntyre said at a Friday hearing, representing the mayor, who has felt so secure in the seat McCallion has taken to going on vacation during the campaign period. She said having McCallion, 89, testify as one of the last witnesses could raise a lot of “smoke and dust” that could prove prejudicial.

Commission lawyer William McDowell took exception, saying criticism of delays was a bit “ironic” because the tardiness of document production by the mayor’s office has been a big part of the delay.

 
 
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