MONTREAL – Montreal mayoral candidate Denis Coderre has lost a candidate amid allegations of corruption.
Councillor Robert Zambito was running for re-election in the Montreal district of St-Léonard but on Wednesday, he was asked by Coderre to step down just days before voters go to the polls.
Zambito officially resigned from Équipe Coderre on Tuesday.
He took the decision after learning that an investigative journalism program was planning to air a report that alleges he profited from a land deal in 2010, when he was a member of the Union Montréal party.
According to the Radio Canada program Enquête, Zambito is being investigated by Quebec’s anti-corruption unit over the sale of land that was owned by the city.
“The allegations are absolutely false,” said Zambito in his letter of resignation.
“I will be focusing my efforts on defending my reputation and proving my innocence.”