In an explosive story by Sun News, we learn that former Liberal MP and current mayor of London Ont, Joe Fontana used public works cheques to pay $20,600 of wedding costs for his son:
A federal government cheque for $1,700 was used to pay the deposit for the 2005 wedding reception of one of London Mayor Joe Fontana’s sons when he was an MP and federal cabinet minister.
The former general manager of the Marconi Club has told QMI Agency that several months later, another cheque issued by Public Works Canada in the amount of $18,900 arrived to pay the balance owing on Fontana’s account. (see here)
Also: See earlier post here on Fontana telling PM Stephen Harper to “Get his ass down here”
Update: Fontana is denying any knowledge of the cheques (see here) even though the London Free Press has printed copies of one of them
Update: The reason why this has just now been exposed after 7 years is becoming clear. Turns out Fontana was disputing another son’s wedding bill from June 16th 2012 and the club discussed giving thehim a $5,835 break (see here).
Looks like someone inside the Marconi Club decided enough was enough and tipped off the media and police?
Update: The most comprehensive story so far on this can be found here
Update: It took until past 4PM Ontario time but Postmedia has finally posted a story on this calling it “spending allegations” (see here)
Update: Fontana calls allegations “innuendo” (see here)
Update: Looks like Fontana’s goose is cooked
Public Works would only say that the two cheques used to pay for a reception hall originated in the House of Commons and that it acted as the conduit for payment. (see here)