UPDATE: Jim Karygiannis removed as Toronto city councillor

Toronto Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Jim Karygiannis will no longer be representing the citizens of Scarborough-Agincourt.

He was removed from city council today, because he overspent on the 2018 municipal election.

The City Clerk says he spent almost $26,000 more than what would be allowed

Under the municipal elections act, the Clerk has no latitude or discretion on the matter, and forfeiture of office is automatic.

The seat will be declared vacant and it will be up to council to decide if it will be filled through a by-election or an appointment.

Before being elected to council in 2014, Karygiannis was a Liberal MP, first elected in 1988. He most recently beat out Norm Kelly in the 2018 election.

Toronto Mayor, John Tory responded to the news in a release:

"Late today, City Clerk Ulli Watkiss informed City Council that she has served Councillor Jim Karygiannis with a Notice of Default and the forfeiture of his office due to his supplementary election filing.

This is sudden and shocking news and an unfortunate situation for everyone involved, including the councillor, his office staff, the City Clerk, and the residents he was elected to serve.

Councillor Karygiannis worked hard over the last five years at City Hall to serve the residents of Scarborough-Agincourt. I will be working to make sure those residents continue to be well-served by the City."