12/11/2012 10:54 EST | Updated 02/10/2013 05:12 EST

London motion calls on Mayor Fontana to step down

City council in London, Ont., will consider a motion Tuesday that calls on Mayor Joe Fontana to leave his post while criminal charges against him are dealt with.

The motion passed 3-1 at a finance committee meeting on Nov. 26.

In November, the RCMP charged Fontana with fraud under $5,000, breach of trust by a public official and uttering forged documents.

The charges stem from allegations that Fontana inappropriately used federal government funds while a member of parliament to help cover the cost of his son's wedding reception.

Fontana, a former federal cabinet minister, has denied he did anything wrong. He is due to appear in court on Jan. 8 and has said he intends to plead not guilty.

He declared a conflict of interest at the Nov. 26 finance committee meeting and did not vote on the motion.

Under the Municipal Act, Fontana cannot be forced to resign by a council motion.