Peter McCallion, son of Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, pleaded guilty to 15 charges of failure to file income tax returns in a Brampton courthouse on Friday, and was ordered to pay a $15,000 fine within the next 27 months.
Mr. McCallion, 61, was charged last October with 53 counts of failure to file personal and corporate tax returns to the Canada Revenue Agency over a period dating back to 2004.
Of the charges, seven were related to personal tax returns, 37 with respect to GST/HST returns, and nine to corporate income-tax returns as director of 100 Emby Drive Inc. in Mississauga.
“What was mitigating is that all his [outstanding] returns have been filed,” said federal prosecutor Jennifer Campitelli.
Mr. McCallion and his lawyer, Amol Chiplunkar, declined to comment on the case after the ruling.
Ms. McCallion has previously declined comment to the media on her son’s charges, saying she did not know details.
In 2011, a judicial inquiry looked into a real-estate deal involving the mayor’s son in which Ms. McCallion was alleged to have advocated for a $14.4-million land development deal between the city and World Class Developments, a company in which Mr. McCallion was a principal shareholder. The inquiry found that she was not in contravention of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, but had a “real and apparent” conflict of interest, even though the deal fell through.
Mr. McCallion obtained his real-estate license in 1986. By the early ‘90s he had made the shift from selling homes to working with commercial clients, but his license was suspended twice, in 2007 and 2009, for not completing required courses and non-payment of fees. Mr. McCallion kept a close relationship to his mother, appearing at public events with the mayor.
They also attended meetings together regarding World Class Developments' proposed land development project near Square One shopping centre, prompting the judicial review. Ms. McCallion maintained during the inquiry that she believed he was attending the meetings as a realtor for World Class, not as an owner.
Editor's note: an earlier online version of this story gave incorrect information about Mr. McCallion's relationship with World Class Developments.