The hunt for an untainted Montreal mayor resumes following latest resignation

Originally posted on National Post | News:

MONTREAL  — The hunt for an untainted Montreal mayor resumed Tuesday as Michael Applebaum resigned one day after being arrested on 14 corruption-related charges.

In a brief statement in the main foyer of City Hall, Mr. Applebaum maintained his innocence and vowed to fight the charges but said it was in the city’s best interest for him to step down.

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Imagine a few thousand votes had gone the other way in 1995, and Quebec’s separatists had won their referendum. Today Quebec could be closing in on its 20th year of independence.

And what would we have? A small, deeply indebted country cut off from its supply of federal subsidies, its economy weak and state-dominated, its society riddled with corruption from top to bottom, struggling to survive in a much bigger, more successful marketplace uninterested in its cultural worries. Odds…

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