Mayor Fontana won another round after losing a vote of confidence at the Finance Committee on Monday. He is still Mayor of London Ontario. Innocent or guilty, the Mayor feels like he has to play out his hand, it is the only way to save face. Maybe he feels If he steps down it may seem that he is guilty.
So, lets give the Mayor the benefit of a doubt and say that he is innocent, and that is why he will not step down. Then it is because he didn’t deal with the allegations quickly enough that has brought the charges onto himself. So maybe he lost the receipts for the payment of those bills, or else why would the police charge him? How is he going to win court? By his telling the judge “I am innocent”. “Trust me”.
Is he defiant because he is hurt that everyone doesn’t just trust him?
But the Mayor cannot win, even if he is innocent and merely mismanaged his affairs, because innocent or guilty, he is still hurting the City; principle, or fraud. Nothing will save him from this. And how will mismanaged innocence save him from the perceived ugliness of stubbornness in the face of hurt to the City? Yes, he might be innocent, but at the same time, as he wins each new battle, he loses more and more respect by Council, and by the public. And his opinion and actions as Mayor are met with eroded esteem and more resistance to listen to him. Where is the saving face in all of that?
What is growing clearly evident is that our system of governance is really broke. The question now is, who is going to fix it? Oh, it is for the Provincial Government to amend municipal law. So, it is up to our dysfunctional, Proroguing Provincial Government to fix it ???