The year 2018 promises to be an equally, if not more exciting one for the City of Mississauga. With a number of construction projects in the pipeline and an all-out development offensive across a number of different fronts, it is no wonder the future looks bright for this rapidly growing and evolving city. Of course, such evolution is impossible to plan, let alone realize, without the help of city authorities and a number of bureaucratic procedures that take time. One person who has had a lot to do with making things easier and creating an increasing number of development opportunities is Mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie.
However, some would argue that referring to Mayor Crombie as someone who “merely makes things easier” is an understatement. Indeed, she has been at the forefront of positive change ever since she captured more than 60 percent of the vote in 2014 after receiving the endorsement of the outgoing mayor Hazel McCallion, who ruled the city for 36 years. That is why it comes as no surprise that Mayor Crombie announced in late October that she will seek re-election next year. She revealed her plans on the third anniversary of her 2014 election, with less than a year to go until the October 22, 2018, municipal elections.
The official announcement was made in a series of messages posted to Mayor Crombie’s Twitter, stating, “Three years ago today, I was honored and humbled when the people of Mississauga chose me to serve as mayor of our great city. It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve as your mayor and work with the dedicated team of professional councilors and staff. Proud of our accomplishments and council team. There remains more hard work ahead.”
If her past track record is anything to go by, then the City of Mississauga is indeed set to experience immense growth and development in the coming years. Among Mayor Crombie’s proud achievements while overseeing city council are the introduction of recorded votes at the council, the Mississauga waterfront development, and the Hurontario LRT project. All of these are in line with the Mayor’s official leading policy priorities for Mississauga, which are listed as “creating a more open, engaging and inclusive city, igniting new economic development opportunities and building regionally-integrated transit.”
She is obviously a woman of her word; something that makes sense when one considers the fact that she enjoyed a twenty-year career in business prior to entering public service. Post-public service entry, Crombie served as Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, as well as the Ward 5 City Councillor. Awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the community, her public service track record is near-flawless.
Among her many achievements is the membership in the Peel Regional Police Services Board, where she led the way to bring an end to carding, or the practice of street checks. She is also a Director with Enersource, which is a local energy provider that serves 200,000 commercial and residential customers across Mississauga. Furthermore, during the first year of serving as Mayor, Crombie formed the Mayor’s Advisory Board on Poverty and Homelessness. The Board has a mandate to find practical solutions to combat poverty, hunger, and homelessness, as well as address the challenges of affordable housing.
However, it doesn’t end there, either – Mayor Crombie is also responsible for launching the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Taskforce. This formation brings together leaders from academia, the public sector and business for the purpose of identifying strategies to further transform Mississauga into a hub for capital investment, entrepreneurship, and innovation. The Mayor has also worked with Council to secure full funding for the Hurontario-Main Light Rail Transit (LRT), which happens to be the largest infrastructure project in the history of Mississauga.
Considering the fact that everything aforementioned is just a part of Mayor Crombie’s achievements to date, it is safe to say that Mississauga’s leadership is on the right course. That being said, Mississaugans will have a chance to speak their minds on October 22, 2018, though it is doubtful they will attempt to fix something that is not broken in the first place.