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Continued: Interim mayor of Montreal, who promised to clean up city, arrested on fraud and corruption

  • Article by: BENJAMIN SHINGLER , Associated Press
  • Last update: June 17, 2013 - 5:35 PM

The situation was so bad that the Quebec government placed Laval under trusteeship.

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois said that step won't be required in Montreal.

Responding to a reporter's question about whether Applebaum should step down, Marois said "I don't think he really has a choice."

Danielle Pilette, a political scientist at the Universite de Quebec a Montreal, said Applebaum's arrest is further evidence of how deep the city's corruption problem goes.

"It shows that these corruption allegations are not only in the outer suburbs, as we've seen before, but also in the heart of the city," Pilette said, referring to Applebaum's central borough of Cote-des-Neiges-NDG.

In the neighboring province of Ontario, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is embroiled is his own scandal, amid allegations that the leader of Canada's largest city appeared in a video smoking crack cocaine. The video has not been released publicly.

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