Michael Applebaum, whose predecessor resigned under
pressure, faces 14 charges linked to two real estate deals,
police said during a morning news conference.
Applebaum's arrest is the latest in a string of municipal
scandals that have undermined Canada's reputation as staid
and law-abiding. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is resisting calls
to quit after two media outlets said they viewed a video
that appeared to show him smoking crack cocaine.
Yeah, that was on both the CTV and CBC news today.
For decades there's been whispering that the construction industry in
Quebec was in cohoots with the mafia, and a task force to root out all
the corruption has been doing a pretty effective job at finding out
who's been lining their pockets with money from government construction
The previous mayor was forced to resign about 7 months ago (last
November), and his replacement was seen as being clean as a whistle.
But, apparantly, this task force is digging pretty deep, because the two
projects that Applebaum was arrested for were done back in 2003.
I guess they figure if he's ever had his hands in the cookie jar, he's
dirty, and needs to go.
I'm just glad that they're getting rid of corruption in Quebec politics.
It's been going on too long.
> in the U.S. but it looks like you have the same stuff going on. I guess
> everybody everywhere does, and probably always has.
We have the same problems, but they're smaller because we only have 1/10
the population of the US. That is, we only have 1/10 of the school
shootings, 1/10 of marital relationships ending in murder-suicides, 1/10
of the number of serial killers, and 1/10 of the number of people trying
to poison the local city's drinking water supply.
So, you can say life is a bit slower here.
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