Since Mayor Fontana was charged by the RCMP London has been in the Canadian spotlight. A group of London citizens fear that businesses may not come to London due to fears that with someone with charges at London’s helm. London cannot afford to lose any chance of getting more industry come to our city – we already have one of Canada’s highest unemployment areas.
From the LFP article “Joe Fontana promised jobs. Is he scaring them away?” we read:
That leads to the question: Are Joe Fontana’s criminal charges undermining his efforts to promote economic development, a key to the mayor’s efforts to boost London’s sluggish economy?
….A London consultant, anxious to help an American firm he wouldn’t name pick a site in Southwestern Ontario, says he thinks Fontana is hurting the city’s chances.
John Kime told The Free Press Fontana’s charges and the controversy surrounding them makes business uncomfortable. (end of quote)
From the same paper, there was a poll asking Londoners:
Poll Sunday, December 9, 2012 London Free Press (at 7:00 pm)
Are Joe Fontana’s criminal charges undermining his efforts to promote economic development?
89% said Yes 1511 votes
7% said No 125 votes
4% said I’m not sure 56 votes
The By-law governing Municipal Governments states that Mayors can choose for themselves whether or not they step down. But, if the person that is hurting a city gets to choose their consequence, when do all the people of London get our say? When do the people get democracy? Isn’t true democracy where the people get a real say, even between elections? This is not an issue of not liking Mayor Fontana, this is an issue of harm to London, and accountability and democracy. What is missing in our governing system is accountability. We aim to rectify that.
It is for this reason a group of concerned London citizens are attempting to make Mayor Fontana accountable and get him to step down until he has been found innocent of the RCMP charges; and if found innocent he can again take his rightful place at the head of Council.
At the next City Council on Dec. 11 when Ward 5 Councillor Joni Baechler’s has made a motion to have Mayor Joe Fontana step aside during his legal troubles.
There are 2 things which we propose citizens can do.
1. Citizens should contact their Ward Councillors to tell them how they want them to vote.
This is a link to find out the contact information for your Councillor in your Ward.
(Click on the link)
I would greatly appreciate an image of a blown up map of the ward system of London. You can contact me at the email address below.
2. There will be a peaceful demonstration at City Hall during the Dec. 11, 2012 Council meeting. People will meet at the City Hall at 214 – 300 Dufferin Ave. at about 4:00 pm. The vote will be held sometime between 4:00 and 7:00. Anyone wishing to help us at this demonstration is asked to meet at the doors of the City Hall at approximately 4:00 – 5:00 pm.
We extend a challenge to all London citizens to have their say on this very important issue. We ask you to ask yourself if you have few hours to express your democratic voice. If you think of our political environment; Mayor Fontana refusing to step aside, our Ontario Legislature is presently prorogued (closed by Dalton McGuinty to avoid 2 investigations into his Government’s doings), and in the past Stephan Harper prorogued Parliament to stop an investigation against his Government. Is it not the fact that we say nothing to our Representatives, that our Leaders and our Representatives (at all levels of Government) do what they please? It is like Governments are ruling over sheep. But YOU can make a difference on this issue; even if it is no more that our leaders seeing us speak up for a change.
Please send this link (to this article) to all those that you think will help us deliver our voice to Mayor Fontana and to our Council.