"You were going to line you pockets with $1,700 cash. What do you say to that?"
The Crown wanted to know why London's mayor who's pleaded not guilty to three charges from his time as a Liberal on Parliament Hill couldn't recall, during an RCMP grilling, making at least six changes to his son's wedding reception contract and then submitting it as a House of Commons expense.
"Wrong," the mayor responded.
made and I submitted the expense" for $1,700 the same amount on the wedding contract.
Years later, once QMI Agency broke the story in 2012 about the questionable Marconi Club wedding payment, Fontana said he was "shocked," reviewed personal records and approached the club.
Fontana explains why expense claim was doctored
And so, Fontana took it upon himself to use the wedding reception contract, found at his house and signed by his wife months before, to create "an original document" to submit for Nike Kyrie Irving Hyperdunk
But once he had, he realized that, yes, he'd altered the Marconi Club contract an "original creation," he called it to expense the $1,700 deposit on a Marconi reception that never happened for Ralph Goodale, then the federal finance minister,
It was a cross examination for the ages, pitting Zuber against the wily, veteran politician with a reputation and a career on the line.
Fontana said he was never approached by the investigators before the charges, but if he had "we could Nike Lebron James 10 have had a nice little chat."
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The defence had other witnesses to back that claim.
The crowning moment was Zuber suggesting there was a clerical error in Ottawa when the government cheque was sent to the Marconi Club and not to Fontana directly.
Goodale wouldn't be able to make the reception because of delays in Toronto. It was cancelled and replaced by a hastily organized Saturday breakfast before the London speech.
But there was still the matter of the Marconi Club deposit. Fontana said it was owed because the room was held for him.
Fontana, 64, who took the stand in his own defence, said it was the first time he'd seen the documents in more than seven years. He hadn't had a chance to go through his files and talk to people about February 2005.
"Stupidly, I made a mistake," he said to his lawyer Gordon Cudmore. Fontana said he never intended the money to be for his son's wedding reception.
Fontana's position is that he made an agreement with then Marconi president Vince Travato, his friend of 40 years, over the phone in early February to secure Feb. 25, 2005, for a reception for Goodale before he was to speak to the chamber of commerce the next day.
But Zuber said it was surprising Fontana would be blindsided by the RCMP investigation.
A few days before the visit, Fontana was told Nike Kyrie For Women
A promise is a promise and the money was owed, he said.
Fontana agreed he used white out and an eraser on the contract, scribbled on the word "ORIGINAL," probably photocopied it, faxed it to Ottawa and submitted it in March 2005.
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