It appears Peter McCallion will be able to get the city his mother leads to fully cover his legal bills in a judicial inquiry into a land deal that involved him.

Justice Douglas Cunningham said yesterday that a review of Peter McCallion’s finances, including a private cross-examination of his affidavit by inquiry lawyers has revealed he doesn’t have the cash flow to retain a lawyer.

“I am persuaded he requires the funding,” Cunningham said, adding that McCallion is central to the inquiry examining a controversial deal for land near Mississauga City Hall.

McCallion appealed for more funding after Mississauga council voted to cap reimbursement for his legal fees at $100,000.

The judge said the matters to be discussed relate to a complicated business relationship involving McCallion’s reputation and business interests. He said having unrepresented parties to the inquiry could lead to excessive delays and cost overruns.

Commission lawyer Will McDowell said he hoped city council would approve Cunningham’s recommendation. “I’m afraid of the inquiry being derailed,” he told councillors.

The inquiry is looking into the conduct of city business in a failed sale agreement for a $14.4-million, 3.5-hectare parcel of land owned by the OMERS pension fund, which involved Peter McCallion and a company called World Class Developments.