London’s Mayor Joe Fontana has said he will not take a leave of absence in light of have 3 criminal charges against him by the Crown/RCMP. The charges are as follows.
Breach of Trust by Public Officer, contrary to section 122 CC
Fraud Under $5000 contrary to section 380 (1)(b) CC
Uttering Forged Documents contrary to section 368 CC
These are serious allegations for anyone but for someone in public life and at the helm of an organization with a budget of 1 billion dollars it does give pause whether the Mayor still has the public’s trust in guiding the organization.
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Chip Martin of the London Free Press broke a story tonight about Mayor Joe Fontana using a federal cheque to pay for his son’s wedding back in 2005. If these allegations are true, it’s another scandal London City Council and the city as a whole does not need.
Many questions still need to be answered but in light of these allegations is it surprising people are cynical about politics? We will will wait and see what happens with this in the days and weeks ahead.
Well a very unexpected turn of events in Ontario Politics. Premier Dalton McGuinty announced that he is proroguing the Ontario legislature and resigned as Premier and Liberal Party Leader. His full statement is now available.
While I’m not happy about a prorogue of the legislature, I can see why the premier would decide to do this. 16years is a long time to be leader (he is the 2nd longest serving Liberal premier in the province). As well there are very few times a government in power can continue to do well past several terms. There are many things the Librerals have done in the last 9 years that I’m happy about, however lately they have done some things that don’t make sense at least to me.
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The Quebec election results were marred tonight by someone who shot two people (killing one) and setting a smoke bomb at the club where the leader of the PQ was speaking.
In the days and weeks ahead we will hear from many people talking about gun control, mental health and Anglo / French relations in Quebec. Let’s not forget someone died on a night when we should be celebrating the democratic process.