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Canada Toronto city councillor Jim Karygiannis loses court bid to keep seat

01:17  25 september  2020
01:17  25 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Toronto city councillor Jim Karygiannis has been removed from office for a second time after the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned his previous reinstatement. Karygiannis initially lost his council seat due to alleged campaign spending violations dating to the 2018 municipal election.

Jim Karygiannis ’ bid to keep seat . Leave a comment. Share this item on Facebook. OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear a Toronto city councillor ’s bid to hang on to his position. Jim Karygiannis faced removal from office after exceeding a spending limit by about ,000 during

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OTTAWA — Jim Karygiannis is no longer a member of Toronto City Council after the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear his bid to hang on to the position.

Karygiannis, a former Liberal member of Parliament, won re-election to city council two years ago and filed the required financial statement outlining his campaign income and expenses.

An audit was ordered after two complaints were received about his allocation of expenses.

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The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected the councillor ’s bid to have his last-ditch To order presentation-ready copies of Toronto Star content for distribution to colleagues, clients or customers, or inquire Jim Karygiannis , for the third and final time, has been kicked out of office. He will no longer be a Karygiannis was first elected to city office in 2014, vacating his seat in Ottawa as the MP for

Jim Karygiannis has been ousted as a city of Toronto councillor for the second time after the Court of Appeal overturned a previous ruling that saw him reinstated in the midst of improper election spending allegations.

Karygiannis then filed a supplementary financial statement that showed he exceeded the allowable spending limit for expressions of appreciation during the campaign.

Under Ontario's Municipal Elections Act, such a spending violation results in automatic forfeiture of office.

However, an Ontario Superior Court judge allowed Karygiannis to keep his seat upon deciding the error at issue was made inadvertently and that he had not tried to hide anything.

The Ontario Court of Appeal set aside the lower court decision, saying there was no jurisdiction to provide relief from forfeiture.

That prompted Karygiannis to take his case to the Supreme Court.

As usual, the top court gave no reason Thursday for refusing to hear the appeal.

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City Councillor Jim Karygiannis has been removed from office, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected his final efforts to keep his seat in After 32 years serving as your Member of Parliament and your Toronto City Councillor , I am leaving politics. It has been an honour and privilege to serve the

WATCH ABOVE: City councillors expressed shock the day after Jim Karygiannis ’ removal from office after he allegedly violated finance campaign rules. Ontario’s Court of Appeal has ruled that Jim Karygiannis should be reinstated as a Toronto councillor pending a decision by the Supreme Court

"By virtue of today’s decision by the Court, Mr. Karygiannis is no longer a city councillor for Ward 22," the City of Toronto said in a statement.

A report will go to city council next Wednesday for consideration of the next step in filling the vacancy, the statement added.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2020.

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