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Election Sign
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Title: Election Sign
Identifier: 2007.2.1
Donor: John Bozzo, La Villa Bakery
Item Date: 1978
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A large square sign printed on masonite board with large upper and lower case letters in a bright green colour which read "Hazel McCallion for Mayor." The letters are set on a forty-five degree angle against a white background. In the lower proper left quarter of the panel is printed a black line drawing of the Mayor (head and shoulders only). Thick horizontal black lines, one at the top and one at the bottom , set off the image area. Over top of a portion of the bottom horizontal line is pasted a paper banner reading: "A BETTER MAYOR" in large black upper case letters against a day-glow red banner. The banner is in two pieces with the break before the word 'mayor'. The paste has caused the day-glow banner to pucker and wrinkle.

According to the donor, the sign was for the mayoral election of 1978 and was the only election signage McCallion did.

Hazel McCallion (born February 14, 1921) is mayor of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada's sixth largest city. She has held this office for almost 30 years since 1978. 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. At the age of 85, she was easily re-elected in November 2006 for her 11th consecutive term, holding a 91% majority of the votes. Due to her popularity, she does not campaign during elections and refuses to accept political donations, instead asking her supporters to donate the money to charity.

Hazel McCallion was born in Port Daniel on the Gaspé Coast of Quebec. Her father owned a fishing and canning company. Her mother was a homemaker and ran the family farm. After high school Hazel attended business secretarial school in Quebec City and Montreal. She has stated, especially while receiving university honours, that she would have wanted to attend university, but financially her family could not afford it. After working in Montreal, she was transferred by Canadian Kellogg Company to Toronto.

She met and married her husband, Sam McCallion. Her in-laws gave the couple a piece of land near the village of Streetsville as a wedding gift. The McCallions have two sons, Peter and Paul, one daughter, Linda and a granddaughter, Erika. Hazel and Sam founded The Mississauga Booster community newspaper. Sam McCallion was also the founder of the annual Streetsville Bread and Honey Festival. In 1997, Sam McCallion died of Alzheimer's disease.

Hazel McCallion began her political career in Streetsville, Ontario, a village which has since merged into the city of Mississauga. Beginning as the chairman of the Streetsville Planning Board in 1967, she later became deputy reeve of Streetsville and was appointed reeve soon after. She was elected Streetsville's mayor in 1970, serving until 1973. By the time she was elected mayor of Mississauga, she had sat on virtually every committee at the Peel Region and the city of Mississauga. She has also served on the executive of many federal and provincial committees and associations.

McCallion has overseen the growth of Mississauga from a small collection of towns and villages to one of Canada's largest cities. Her belief is that a city should be run like a business; thus, she encourages the business model of governance. Mississauga is one of the few cities in Canada that is debt-free.

Hazel McCallion has received many honours including being made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2005. REF: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazel_McCallion. For more information about Hazel McCallion see also http://www1.cata.ca/townhall/mayors/hmccallion.cfm.
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