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McCallion, Hazel

Hazel McCallion was born on February 14th, 1921 in Port Daniel in Québec to Herbert Armand and Amanda Jouneaux. She married Sam McCallion on September 29th, 1951 and their children are Peter, Linda and Paul.

She served as the Streetsville deputy reeve in 1968 and reeve in 1969. Hazel McCallion was elected mayor of Mississauga in 1979, as the first lady mayor, a position which she holds to this day. She is affectionately called “Hurricane Hazel” by supporters as well as the media at large for her vibrant outspoken style of no-nonsense politics. She is one of Canada’s best known and longest-serving mayors and she is one of the longest serving elected leaders in history. Now in her 90s, she was easily re-elected in October 2010 for her 12th consecutive term, holding a 76% majority of the votes, and has often been reelected without even needing to conduct an actual campaign.

She is both a Member of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. 

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