10/24/2014 10:49 EDT | Updated 12/24/2014 05:59 EST

John Tory touts endorsement from Mississauga 'legend' Hazel McCallion

John Tory has picked up an endorsement from Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, a high-profile nod that comes just days before Toronto voters will head to the polls.

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McCallion is retiring from politics, following an unprecedented 36-year run as the mayor of Mississauga.

The 93-year-old believes Tory is the best choice to lead Toronto over the next four years.

"If the Toronto residents elect John Tory, I know he will make every effort to provide the leadership that is lacking at the present time by the mayor of Toronto in providing that co-operation [in the Greater Toronto Area]," McCallion said in a statement released Friday.

In a statement, Tory said McCallion is a "legend" who has served her city well for decades.

"It is an honour to have the support of Mayor McCallion," he said in a statement.

McCallion has also made an endorsement closer to home in recent weeks.

Earlier this month, she endorsed Bonnie Crombie, a former Liberal MP running to succeed her as mayor in Mississauga.

In Toronto, voters will have a chance to decide if they agree with McCallion on Monday. Tory is among dozens of candidates seeking to be the city's next mayor.