Former Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum is now implicated in a decades-long “system of corruption,” that police now believe involved developers bribing public officials with “thousands of dollars” for zoning changes, the Montrael Gazette reported.
Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum resigned on Tuesday, a day after he was charged with fraud and corruption in the latest major Canadian municipal scandal.
Montreal’s new mayor, who pledged to stamp out corruption at City Hall when he took office late last year, was arrested by Quebec’s anti-corruption police squad on Monday, numerous Canadian media outlets said.
Jewish Montreal is celebrating the swearing-in of the city’s first-ever Jewish mayor. Michael Applebaum is also the first non-French speaker to hold the post in a century.
Michael Applebaum, 49, won a City Council vote to serve as interim mayor for a year, with a promise not to run in the next municipal election, which is slated for November 2013.