Bonnie Crombie is the best choice to lead Mississauga
Four years ago, Bonnie Crombie was elected mayor of Mississauga to be the agent of change the city needed after nearly four decades under the same leader.
She has delivered on that promise.
Crombie has secured approvals and funding for much-needed public transit, including the Hurontario LRT, and supported the higher density housing, particularly along transit corridors, that a mature city needs.
She boldly stood up to the ugly racism and religious intolerance brought to the fore over building a mosque. And she’s battled the police chief over street checks targeting young Black men, and demanded more accountability and transparency in the police budget.
Crombie has shown herself more capable than most municipal mayors of thinking about the future by bringing in a dedicated storm-water management fee to upgrade infrastructure and better prepare the city for the extreme weather events that are increasingly common.
Before retiring in 2014, Hazel McCallion led Mississauga for 36 years, overseeing its transformation from farmland and small communities into a sprawling, built-out major city. It’s Crombie — more than any other candidate running for mayor — who clearly sees how Mississauga needs to grow now.
Once the country’s largest suburb, Mississauga is now Canada’s sixth largest city, and a major city needs big city solutions. That means public transit, higher density housing, mixed-use developments and more accountable public agencies that represent the needs of diverse communities. Crombie clearly sees that.
In the last four years, Crombie has been an effective leader, guiding Mississauga into the future. For that she has earned another four years.