Wynne snubs Ford but meets with London mayor facing charges

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and London, Ont., Mayor Joe Fontana. (QMI Agency file photos)

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and London, Ont., Mayor Joe Fontana. (QMI Agency file photos)

Patrick Maloney, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:11 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- While Premier Kathleen Wynne is avoiding Toronto's Rob Ford, it's not a snub extended to all controversial Ontario mayors.

The Ontario Liberal leader visited London, Ont., last year and had a face-to-face chat with Mayor Joe Fontana, who faces criminal charges while Toronto's higher-profile Ford does not.

Just months before that Fontana-Wynne discussion last March, police laid three charges against the London mayor -- fraud under $5,000, breach of trust by a public official and uttering forged documents -- relating to a $1,700 Public Works Canada cheque. The Crown alleges the cheque was used to pay for Fontana's son's 2005 wedding reception, when Fontana was a Liberal MP and cabinet minister.

Ford's string of brutal behaviour -- he's admitted to drinking and driving, using crack cocaine, public drunkenness and hanging out with known criminals -- led his council colleagues to strip him of all power, but no criminal charges have been laid against him.


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