'Hazel McCallion was unstoppable': Politicians, internet react to former mayor's death
The former mayor of Mississauga, Ont. died at her home at the age of 101.
People on social media are mourning the death of "trailblazer" Hazel McCallion, who died at age 101.
Known for her tenacity in Canadian politics, McCallion led Mississauga, Ont. as mayor for 12 terms, up until she was 94-years-old. She was the city's fifth mayor between 1978 and 2014.
"My dear friend Hazel was an extraordinary woman who wore many hats: A businessperson, an athlete, a politician and one of Canada's — and the world's — longest-serving mayors. Nicknamed 'Hurricane Hazel' for her bold political style, she was unstoppable," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote in a statement.
"She inspired countless others, including myself, in her decades of tireless and selfless service. I will miss her as a friend, and I'll always cherish the conversations we had, and the wisdom she shared over the years."
I’m sending my deepest condolences to Hazel’s family and friends, as well as the people of Mississauga. As you mourn this tremendous loss, I’m keeping you in my thoughts. https://t.co/r2FrlYDsrr
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 29, 2023
Ontario Premier Doug Ford shared his statement on Sunday morning, announcing that McCallion died "peacefully" at her Mississauga home.
"Hazel was the true definition of a public servant. She dedicated her long life to her community, including 36 years as mayor of Mississauga — the longest serving mayor in the city's history," Ford shared in his statement. "She led the transformation of Mississauga into one of Canada's largest cities. Hazel's mark on her community can be found in the many places and organizations that bear her name, including the Hazel McCallion Line.
"There isn't a single person who met Hazel who didn't leave in awe of her force of personality. I count myself incredibly lucky to have called Hazel my friend over these past many years. As I entered the world of politics, I was fortunate enough to learn from her wisdom and guidance, which she selflessly offered until the very end."
Mississauga and Ontario are better places because of the amazing life of Hazel McCallion. Rest easy, my friend. pic.twitter.com/LJO4HALdRp
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) January 29, 2023
Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga's current mayor, shared her own statement Sunday morning, noting her "condolences" to the city's first-ever female mayor.
"Today, we grieve the loss of Mississauga's matriarch, Hazel McCallion — a fierce and passionate leader who touched the lives of many and who served as an inspiration to women in politics across the country. On behalf of the City of Mississauga, I offer my condolences to the entire McCallion family, who are mourning the loss of their mother and grandmother today," she penned in her statement.
"Hazel lived a good life, and the truth is that even in her final days, she never stopped giving back to this great city and to the people who proudly call it home. As our first female mayor at a very critical time in our history, she helped grow and shape Mississauga from farmland and fruit trees into the seventh-largest city in Canada with a quality of life that is 'second to none.'"
Today, we grieve the loss of Mississauga’s matriarch, Hazel McCallion, a fierce and passionate leader who touched the lives of so many. She lived a life of service before self - everything she did was for the betterment of our City. My deepest condolences to the McCallion family. pic.twitter.com/ttjbuucjWG
— Bonnie Crombie 🇨🇦 (@BonnieCrombie) January 29, 2023
Social media users shared in the mourning of McCallion's death. Posts from politicians, Canadians and more left her name trending on Twitter.
A business woman, an athlete, a wife and mother — and beloved mayor of Mississauga for 36 years.
Hazel McCallion was a trailblazer for women in Canada and around the world.
My condolences to her family and loved ones. 🙏🏽#HurricaneHazel #TrailBlazer pic.twitter.com/jdxZf63W6P
— Marci Ien (@MarciIen) January 29, 2023
It is with great sadness that we advise of the sudden passing of Hazel McCallion, former mayor and the City’s biggest champion. Our thoughts are with her entire family at this time. https://t.co/ncgHwO2yGi pic.twitter.com/46WumQhAib
— City of Mississauga (@citymississauga) January 29, 2023
Hazel McCallion was a trailblazing icon who left an indelible impact on Canada’s political fabric. Never shy to stand up for her community, Hazel made Mississauga a better place to live. I am thankful for her life of service. My thoughts are with her family & loved ones.
— Anita Anand (@AnitaAnandMP) January 29, 2023
Hazel McCallion was an unforgettable force in our public life. I always enjoyed our interaction together, and deeply appreciated her commitment to the people of Mississauga. @aprae and I sending our deepest condolences to her family. She truly was a force of nature.
— Bob Rae (@BobRae48) January 29, 2023
My team joins in remembering the incredible life of Hazel McCallion. I will never forget how she made me feel or what we spoke about that day. She spoke so eloquently and she knew how to knock back a buttertart like a pro. I will never forget that day. What a remarkable human. 💔 pic.twitter.com/jWitP0tzsq
— Mike Shoreman (@MikeShoreman) January 29, 2023
Hazel McCallion was a force to be reckoned with and a historic trailblazer when it came to Canadian politics. We will miss her passionate advocacy. On behalf of Hamiltonians and Council, I offer my deepest condolences to her family, friends, and her community in Mississauga. pic.twitter.com/DVUgAgo7KF
— Andrea Horwath (@AndreaHorwath) January 29, 2023
Sad to hear of the passing of “Hurricane” Hazel McCallion—one of Canada’s most dedicated elected officials.
For Hazel, public service was a true calling. Her work is a reminder to all of us who are fortunate to serve...it’s about helping people & building community.
RIP Hazel! pic.twitter.com/FkT8awnb2J
— Prabmeet Sarkaria (@PrabSarkaria) January 29, 2023
Today, we are all mourning the loss of Hazel McCallion.
She was the iconic Mayor of Mississauga for 36 years and built that city from 1978 to 2014.
To me, she was also a friend and a mentor. pic.twitter.com/iTl5ouBPly
— John Tory (@JohnTory) January 29, 2023
Hazel McCallion (1921-2023) #RIP pic.twitter.com/XjryfVJwi6
— Imran Hasan (@imranhasanyyz) January 29, 2023
Heartbroken to hear of Hazel McCallion's passing. The first time I met her I asked her if she had any advice for me & she said "you're short like me so stand on the table & yell if you have to, to be heard"
Thank you for your fierce leadership Madam mayor, may you rest in peace pic.twitter.com/X7Qn0fqqHf
— Regional Councillor Sameera Ali (@ClrSameeraAli) January 29, 2023
Ontario is mourning the loss of Hazel McCallion. Born in Quebec, her strong work ethic began as a child during the Great Depression, shaping her legacy as a true Canadian titan and builder.
The people of Ontario will feel the impact of her work for generations to come. pic.twitter.com/d1qO2h8rWQ
— Peter Bethlenfalvy (@PBethlenfalvy) January 29, 2023
Mississauga Fire is saddened by the loss of former Mayor Hazel McCallion. Hazel's outstanding legacy of inspiration, public service and exceptional leadership will always be remembered. May we reflect on the many fond memories that we have as we honour her remarkable life. pic.twitter.com/GfVh37UjW2
— Chief Deryn Rizzi (@derynrizzi) January 29, 2023