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RSS FeedsRules that got Jim Karygiannis turfed necessary to prevent `abuse,´ ex-minister says
(The Star Toronto Raptors)


10 november 2019 15:56:48

Rules that got Jim Karygiannis turfed necessary to prevent `abuse,´ ex-minister says
(The Star Toronto Raptors)

Former Ontario cabinet minister Ted McMeekin feels bad for Jim Karygiannis, but not for introducing campaign law reforms that got Karygiannis turfed from Toronto city council.“I feel sorry for the guy. He runs, he gets elected — but you’ve got to follow the rules right?” said McMseekin, municipal affairs minister from 2014 to 2016, in an interview Friday from his home in Hamilton. “The issue is we had people running for municipal councils who had big (campaign) surpluses and they were buying Rolex watches and other gifts for some of their campaign workers, and lavish parties for their faithful followers.“With that kind of abuse so apparent, the government of the day felt it incumbent on them to bring in sensible rules,” said McMeekin, a Liberal defeated in the 2018 election.Karygiannis, first elected to Toronto council in 2015, was removed him from office Wednesday by city clerk Ulli Watkiss. She cited a financial statement he submitted for his 2018 election in Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt that suggests he overspent his campaign limit by almost $26,000.Ontario’s Municipal Elections Act “does not give the City Clerk any latitude or discretion on this matter,” Watkiss said in a statement. “Mr. Karygiannis is in default of the Act and is disqualified from being elected or appointed to any office until after the 2022 municipal election.”Karygiannis calls the matter a “clerical error” and is vowing to fight to get back on council.At issue is a $27,083.50 expense for a dinner Karygiannis hosted for supporters on Dec. 21, 2018 — two months after the election — at an upscale restaurant in Thornhill. Receipts show the actual dinner cost just over $4,000. Other expenses include more than $20,000 for consulting fees and $1,700 for silver-foil invitations and other printed materials.Elections Act reforms passed in 2016 introduced a strict spending limit on parties held on or aft ...

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