London motion calls on Mayor Fontana to step down

City council in London, Ont., will table a motion Tuesday that calls on Mayor Joe Fontana to leave his post while criminal charges against him are dealt with.

Former federal cabinet minister facing fraud charges

City council in London, Ont., will consider a motion Tuesday that calls on Mayor Joe Fontana to leave his post while criminal charges against him are dealt with.

The motion passed 3-1 at a finance committee meeting on Nov. 26.

In November, the RCMP charged Fontana with fraud under $5,000, breach of trust by a public official and uttering forged documents.

The charges stem from allegations that Fontana inappropriately used federal government funds while a member of parliament to help cover the cost of his son's wedding reception.

Fontana, a former federal cabinet minister, has denied he did anything wrong. He is due to appear in court on Jan. 8 and has said he intends to plead not guilty.

He declared a conflict of interest at the Nov. 26 finance committee meeting and did not vote on the motion. 

Under the Municipal Act, Fontana cannot be forced to resign by a council motion.

With files from The Canadian Press