Jun 18, 2013 — Another Canadian mayor is in political trouble. Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum was arrested on multiple corruption charges early yesterday morning. Now, Quebec premier Pauline Marois is calling for Applebaum to resign.
Applebaum faces 14 criminal charges, including "frauds towards the government, breach of trust, conspiracy, and municipal corruption."
At a press conference in Montreal yesterday morning, Robert La Frenière, head of Quebec’s anti-corruption squad, said the charges have to do with two real estate transactions from 2006 to 2011.
That was back when Applebaum was borough mayor for Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, a Montreal neighborhood.
Two other former borough officials were also arrested yesterday in conjunction with the investigation.
Applebaum is the city’s interim mayor now. He was appointed last when the previous mayor resigned because of corruption allegations.
Provincial police didn’t give many details about the charges, citing ongoing investigation.