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Canada Former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion defends Don Cherry, says ‘he’s not a racist’

17:41  13 november  2019
17:41  13 november  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Hazel McCallion , CM (née Journeaux; born February 14, 1921) is a Canadian politician and businesswoman who served as the 5th mayor of Mississauga , Ontario, from 1978 until 2014.

“ He loves everybody. All he was saying was he wanted to see more people wearing poppies. On that he is not wrong. I have noticed the same thing.” McCallion is not the only Mississauga heavyweight standing up for Cherry . So is superfan Nav Bhatia, who called Cherry personally Tuesday to express

Hazel McCallion wearing a suit and tie: Former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion has spoken out in support of Don Cherry after his firing over controversial comments made on-air.© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion has spoken out in support of Don Cherry after his firing over controversial comments made on-air.

Former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion is defending Don Cherry, saying "he's not a racist" and that he "could have used some better words” after the hockey commentator was fired from his position as co-host of Coach's Corner over controversial comments he made on-air.

“He should have said all Canadians are not paying attention to Armistice Day or wearing the poppy. That's what he should have said,” McCallion told Global News Radio AM640.

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Cherry said he ’ s still a friend but added “I just wish he hadn’t have been so hard.” While coping with a feeling of betrayal, Cherry said he Even former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion says she will be there and has also signed a petition which already has more than 103,000 signatures demanding

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McCallion said she is just as concerned as Cherry when it comes to what she called "the lack of respect for the poppy" in supporting Canada's veterans.

"I attended many functions in the past couple of weeks and I’m surprised when I don’t see the poppy on the coat or clothes of people," McCallion said.

"The attendance at Remembrance Day services is going down," McCallion continued. "I wish it could be the type of rally that occurs at Scotiabank when the Maple Leafs are playing or the Raptors. And weather means nothing. They show up in the thousands to support the Leafs and the Raptors, but Armistice Day services are going down the hill."

A recent survey suggests the percentage of Canadians who plan to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies has climbed to 41 per cent this year, a boost of two per cent over last year and 14 per cent over 2016.

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Hazel McCallion is recognized as one the great figures throughout the world. She was the former mayor of the city of Mississauga from 1978 until 2014.

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The controversy started on Saturday night, just days before Remembrance Day, when Cherry made televised comments that appeared to suggest new Canadians did not buy poppies and imply they don’t support veterans.

“You people ... that come here, whatever it is, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you could pay a couple of bucks for a poppy,” he said on Saturday.

On Monday, the 85-year-old was fired from Hockey Night in Canada by Sportsnet due to his comments.

“Following further discussions with Don Cherry after Saturday night’s broadcast, it has been decided it is the right time for him to immediately step down,” Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley said in a statement on Monday. “During the broadcast, he made divisive remarks that do not represent our values or what we stand for.”

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In a sit-down interview with Global News on Tuesday, the former co-host of Coach's Corner said if he could do it again, he would have used different words.

“I think the closest I’ll come to apologizing is I wish I had used different words,” Cherry told Global News.

“I do believe to this day that everybody in Canada should have a poppy on out of honour and respect of the fallen soldiers that have fallen in the Second World War, Korea and the whole deal,” Cherry said.

“Those people who gave their lives, at least we can buy a poppy.”

McCallion agrees that Cherry should have used different words and that the point he was trying to get across got muddled and was not what he intended to say.

"He’s not racist; he’s a great Canadian. He’s a great supporter of our soldiers, he’s a great supporter of veterans," McCallion said.

"I think Sportsnet ... [and Rogers] has made a very bad decision. I think they should have given him the opportunity to explain," she added. "I would say to Sportsnet, reverse your decision on behalf of Canadians."

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After 36 years, he ’ s the longest-serving mayor of a major municipality in Ontario. Last month, after 36 years as mayor , Krantz surpassed former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion ’s McCallion who stepped down in October 2014, at the age of 93, served as mayor of Mississauga for 36 years.

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Current Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said she was “very disappointed” when she heard Cherry’s comments.

“I am calling offside. Mr. Cherry, you were offside in those comments. It’s very unfortunate and we’re calling icing on this one,” Crombie said on Sunday.

“I think he should walk back those comments. I think there should be an apology. I think he should be a little bit more thoughtful and careful when talking about our new Canadians.”

When asked about her successor's position, McCallion said she disagrees with the current mayor’s comments.

“I do not agree with the mayor. I’m not sure she is aware of the great work that Don Cherry has done. And so I’m sorry, I completely disagree with the mayors comments,” McCallion said.

A support rally for Cherry is expected to begin Wednesday at 1 p.m. outside Sportsnet on Mount Pleasant Road.

McCallion said she likely cannot attend the rally in person due to her schedule but that she will "be there in spirit."

"I hope to be able to be there. I am going to try to be there but if I'm not there, I am there in spirit," she said.

A Change.org petition titled "Bring back Don Cherry!" has almost 175,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning.

— With files from Morganne Campbell

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