Canada: Montreal mayor who promised to erase stain of corruption was on the take himself, trial hears
15 Nov 2016

In November 2012, Michael Applebaum was poised to make history as Montreal’s first Jewish mayor and its first anglophone mayor in over a century.

But his friend and former chief of staff, Hugo Tremblay, had his doubts about Applebaum’s campaign to become the squeaky-clean mayor who would “erase the stain” of corruption tarnishing Montreal.

“I tried to convince him (not to run),” Tremblay told a court Monday. “The way he was going about it would just multiply the number of enemies we would have, and I knew there were skeletons in the closet.”

Applebaum ignored the advice, and seven months later the closet door would be burst open when anti-corruption police arrested him at home. On Monday, the friend turned informant was the first Crown witness at Applebaum’s trial on 14 charges of fraud, breach of trust and conspiracy.

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