Embattled ex-MP Joe Fontana to stay on as London, Ont., mayor

London, Ont., Mayor Joe Fontana. (MIKE HENSEN/QMI AGENCY)

London, Ont., Mayor Joe Fontana. (MIKE HENSEN/QMI AGENCY)

Patrick Maloney, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:58 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. — City councillors voted not to ask Joe Fontana to step down Tuesday as London's mayor amid criminal allegations he used federal money to pay for his son's wedding reception when he was a Liberal MP.

A slim majority of eight councillors voted against a motion asking Fontana to leave office due to criminal charges on Tuesday.

Fontana is accused of paying for his son's wedding reception in 2005 with a $1,700 federal government cheque when he was an MP. He's charged with breach of trust by a public officer, fraud under $5,000 and uttering forged documents.


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