10/30/2012 03:05 EDT | Updated 12/30/2012 05:12 EST

London council kills motion calling on mayor to step aside during RCMP probe

LONDON, Ont. - A councillor's motion calling on the mayor of London, Ont., to step aside while police investigate misspending allegations was shut down without debate on Tuesday night.

Coun. Nancy Branscombe's motion called on Mayor Joe Fontana to vacate his position until the RCMP complete a probe into allegations Fontana used federal government money in 2005 to pay for his son's wedding reception.

Fontana has denied the allegations and told reporters Monday night that he isn't leaving the mayor's chair.

Branscombe contends the allegations are distracting Fontana from his duties as mayor and she says he should temporarily step down until the investigation is finished.

The decision to kill any debate on the controversial issue was passed by a vote of 8-6.

The motion was largely symbolic since there are no provisions in the Municipal Act that require an elected official, even if they're suspected of doing something, to be removed.