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Eleven years after being elected with a mission to unite the new Montreal megacity, Mayor Gérald Tremblay resigned Monday night, leaving a city with a bruised reputation and in greater disarray than when he arrived.
With new evidence of corruption, collusion and illegal political financing in Montreal surfacing almost daily at an ongoing public inquiry, Mr. Tremblay had faced mounting calls for his departure.
But in his parting speech, Mr. Tremblay portrayed himself as a scapegoat whose only mistake was to place too much trust in those around him. “I am making what I consider to be the ultimate sacrifice, my last act of love in the higher interest of Montreal,” Mr. Tremblay said in a televised address from city hall.
Until his 7 p.m. announcement Monday, Mr. Tremblay, 70, had dropped from public view since tabling a budget last Tuesday…
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