Mayor Joe Fontana Issues Written Statement Over Spending Allegations
Mayor Joe Fontana has issued a written statement to the media about allegations that appeared in a London Free Press story that he used taxpayer money to pay for his son's wedding.
The story says taxpayers, and not Fontana, paid for the wedding reception of his son 7 and a half years ago, when he was an MP.
The paper says the first cheque came from the Government of Canada and was a deposit to the Marconi Club for the venue in the amount of 17-hundred dollars, the second was almost 19-thousand issued by public works Canada, covering the balance owing.
In the statement Fontana says:
"The recent allegations reported in the London Free Press are of concern to me. As I stated yesterday (Thursday, October 18, 2012), and reiterated this morning to several media representatives, the documentation relating to the story has not been shared with me. I have not been contacted by anyone regarding these accusations (except the LFP). I was not aware of any investigation.
Londoners should know I will get to the bottom of this and I have started to obtain and review available documentation from 2005.
However, I will not respond to questions based on anonymous sources, rumours or speculation. I will deal with the facts and authenticated documents in a timely manner and with all due diligence.
I am confident a thorough and fair review will clearly demonstrate all transactions were proper and valid."