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Now the man who lost the election to Smith by only 139 votes says Smith should be removed from office again because his campaign expenses, the late filing of which got him turfed from office, have “lots of discrepancies.”
“With the amount of money he spent on this campaign and things that are missing out of the campaign, theoretically, he could have spent more than he was allowed to,” said Scott Harrison, who held the Scarborough Centre trustee seat before Smith was elected in 2010. “I think he should be disqualified.”
Harrison contends that Smith didn’t open a separate bank account for his campaign, as he is required to do by law, nor did he account for the time of school board staff who took time off to volunteer for his campaign. Smith did not claim any income from a $ 100-per-ticket fundraiser held last September, nor did he spend anything on campaign signs, according to Harrison’s request for an audit.
Harrison says he isn’t in this to take over Smith’s seat, saying there will be a re-election to determine a replacement should he be booted from office again. Citing an board investigation that found a “culture of fear” at the TDSB, the former trustee says he was approached by members of the community who weren’t willing to file a complaint themselves.
Smith was removed from office in April after missing the deadline to file his campaign expenses. He later told a judge that he was driving back from Northern Ontario with an injured foot and was less than two hours late. The judge reinstated him to his seat.
Correction – July 16, 2015: This article was edited from a previous version that mistakenly said the Toronto District School Board will hold an audit committee hearing today to determine whether a full forensic audit of Smith’s campaign expenses is warranted.