Michael Di Biase

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Michael Di Biase
Mayor of Vaughan, Ontario
In office
2002–2006
Preceded by Lorna Jackson
Succeeded by Linda Jackson

Michael Di Biase is a Regional Councillor in (and the former mayor of) Vaughan, an exurb of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was first elected to the city's council in 1986.[1] Following the death of Mayor Lorna Jackson in 2002, Di Biase was appointed acting mayor by virtue of his position as senior regional councilor (a position he had held since 1988). In the 2003 municipal election, Di Biase won his first official term as mayor.

The Globe and Mail newspaper reports that Di Biase received an annual salary of $164,074,[2] making him one of the highest-paid municipal politicians in the country.[3] The next highest paid mayor is Hazel McCallion of Mississauga at $158,704. The mayor of the largest city in Canada, David Miller of Toronto, receives $143,635 per year. The average salary of Vaughan councilors is $102,657 which is second to that of Mississauga at $113,296, while Toronto councilors earn $85,497.

In the 2006 municipal election, Di Biase faced Lorna Jackson's daughter Linda Jackson and lost by 90 votes in one of the closest races of the night. After a court-ordered recount completed on April 26, 2007, which had been initiated by Di Biase, it was confirmed that Jackson had indeed won the election.[4] Di Biase has stated he will accept the results.

In 2006, he was made a Knight Officer of the Order of Merit by the Government of Italy.[5]

In September 2009, an audit was conducted on former Mayor DiBiase's 2006 election campaign. 27 contraventions were revealed in the audit. The largest notable contravention was a $155,000 cash payment made to DiBiase's law firm to pay for legal expenses. DiBiase refused to name the anonymous donor(s), citing lawyer privilege, and was eventually cleared of wrongdoing.

He was elected Local and Regional Councillor for the City of Vaughan in October 2010. His term began December 1, 2010.

In July, 2011, an auditing committee voted to examine expenses relating to DiBiase's 2010 campaign. It is alleged that due to improper reporting and accounting procedures on DiBiase's part, he improperly kept $32,000 in campaign funds that should have been returned to the city.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Singing the same old song". Toronto Star. 2006-05-20. Retrieved 2006-12-02. 
  2. ^ Lewington, Jennifer (2005-05-17). "Pay-raise debate set for city hall". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 2007-03-10. Retrieved 2006-12-02. 
  3. ^ Urquhart, Ian (2006-05-29). "MPP pay remains a thorny issue". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2006-12-02. 
  4. ^ Gombu, Phinjo (2007-04-26). "Jackson still Vaughan mayor". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  5. ^ "AWARDS TO CANADIANS". Canada Gazette. 
  6. ^ http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/07/08/vaughan-committee-votes-to-audit-councillor-di-biase/#more-77142