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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Shirley Reminisces About Teenage Mel

Saint John really is a small world--at the swearing in of Mayor Mel Norton last night, former mayor and current common councillor Shirley McAlary sharing a story showing just how funny life can be.

McAlary says 20 years ago when she was running for common council she was teamed up in a co-op program with a certain go-getting teenager. His name was Mel Norton and he shadowed her for a day on the campaign trail, sharing long the way that he someday hoped to get into law and then politics.

McAlary says afterward she took the young Mel to McDonald's for a hamburger and a coke. She congratulated Mel on the fact he managed to achieve his goals and become Mayor of the "greatest city in Canada."