Tom Jakobek

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Tom Jakobek
Toronto City Councillor for Ward 26
In office
Serving with Sandra Bussin[nb 1]
Preceded by New Riding
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Toronto City Councillor for Ward 9/10
In office
Serving with Paul Christie[nb 2]
Preceded by Pat Sheppard
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Personal details
Born 1959 (age 57–58)
Spouse(s) Deborah Morrish

Tom Jakobek (born c. 1959) is a former member of the Toronto City Council. He was first elected to council in 1982[1] after first serving as a school trustee since 1980. He remained a city councillor until 2000.


Jakobek holds degrees from the University of Toronto. Certificate in Public Administration (CPA), 1981. Honours Bachelor of Arts, B.A., 1982. Masters of Health Science, MHSC, 2002.

Jakobek is the son-in-law of former veteran Scarborough councillor Ken Morrish.


Jakobek was for many years a bulwark of the council's right-wing. He became city budget chief in 1990, and held the position for the next ten years despite an attempt by Barbara Hall and others to oust him in 1994. In this capacity, he delivered nine consecutive budgets with no tax increases. Following the city's amalgamation in 1997, Jakobek emerged as a prominent ally of new mayor Mel Lastman. In 2000, he retired from politics in disgrace after an investigation found "he lied, prevaricated, stalled, obfuscated and lied some more, all of which was a strategy to obstruct any investigation of his dealings with MFP". [2] He later served briefly as a vice-president at Toronto East General Hospital.

Mayoral race, 2003[edit]

He ran for Mayor of Toronto in 2003 following Lastman's retirement, but garnered barely 5,000 votes across the entire city, less than one per cent of the total votes cast.[3] His candidacy was hurt by allegations of improper conduct in a computer leasing deal between the City of Toronto and MFP Financial Services.[4] In prior testimony at the Toronto Computer Leasing Inquiry, Jakobek had admitted to lying about his involvement in a controversial computer leasing deal between the city and MFP.[5][6]

Later life[edit]

In 2008, Jakobek and his family appeared in the Canadian reality TV show Spoiled Rotten on Slice, which showcased the family's lavish lifestyle.[7] The show was panned by Globe and Mail TV critic John Doyle, who characterized the show as being "so appalling that normal people will just want to turn it off."[8]



  1. ^ Each ward in the 1997 election elected two councillors.
  2. ^ Christie was a junior alderman from 1985-1988. From 1988 he was elected separately for Metro Council from the same ward.


  1. ^ "Toronto Votes 2003 - Candidates". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Miller wins mayoral race". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. November 10, 2003. Archived from the original on February 23, 2005. 
  4. ^ Paul Hutchings. Jakobek happy to be out of political life. Town Crier. 18 Feb, 2004. [1]
  5. ^ James Rusk. Domi misleading probe to protect Jakobek, lawyer for city says. The Globe and Mail. 21 April 2004. [2]
  6. ^ Toronto Votes 2003: Candidates. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2003. [3]
  7. ^ Spoiled Rotten. Slice TV (formerly the Life Network). April 2008
  8. ^ John Doyle. People who make you turn off the tube. Television: Reality TV: Egotistical and Self-Absorbed. The Globe and Mail. April 28, 2008.

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