Two Toronto councillors face election law charge related to 2014 vote
Antonella Artuso
November 16, 2018
November 16, 2018 12:53 PM EST
Toronto Councillor Mark Grimes at City Hall on February 10, 2015. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)
OPP have charged two Toronto politicians with violations of the Municipal Elections Act related to the 2014 election.
Councillor Mark Grimes, 57, who was re-elected to represent ward Etobicoke-Lakeshore last month, and Councillor Justin Di Ciano, 40, who did not seek re-election, are each charged with filing a document that is incorrect or does not otherwise comply with the Municipal Elections Act.
Grimes provided a statement from his lawyer saying he has done nothing wrong.
“An allegation has been made that he should have made additional financial disclosure for his campaign from four years ago,” the lawyer’s statement says. “No such disclosure was required. There is no credible evidence to support the allegation which was made for political purposes.”
Toronto Councillor Justin Di Ciano (Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun)
Scott K. Fenton, a lawyer representing Di Ciano, said the councillor looks forward to setting the record straight on any “alleged clerical errors” on his four-year-old campaign expense return.
“The real offence here is the extraordinary waste of scarce government resources spent chasing down minor alleged oversights regarding a long-forgotten municipal election campaign,” Fenton said in a statement.
According to an OPP statement, anti-rackets investigators received a referral from the City of Toronto integrity commissioner in September 2017.
The accused are scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 19.