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2013 Not a Great Year So Far for Canadian Mayors

2013 Not a Great Year So Far for Canadian Mayors
Christinne Muschi/Reuters

The mayor of a major Canadian city is in handcuffs today... and it's not the guy who allegedly smoked crack on video.

Rather, it's Canada's second-largest city, Montreal, that finds itself with a leadership crisis this morning after Mayor Michael Applebaum and two others were arrested by a Quebec anti-corruption unit. Applebaum, who was taken from his home by police at 6 a.m. Monday, will face 14 charges including fraud, conspiracy and municipal corruption.

It has become something of a tradition in this city of 1.6 million people: Applebaum's predecessor, Gérald Tremblay, resigned last year amid allegations of corruption. The city's first anglophone mayor in more than a century, Applebaum was selected by the Montreal City Council just last November on a platform of reform.* Opposition leaders are already calling for the mayor's resignation, though there's still a lot of details yet to come out about the case.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is still the mayor of Toronto.

Top image: Michael Applebaum is sworn in as mayor of Montreal. Christinne Muschi/Reuters.

*Correction: a previous version of this article stated the Applebaum was elected.

Henry Grabar is a freelance writer and a former fellow at The Atlantic Cities. He lives in New York. All posts »

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