July 17, 2014 10:35 am
Updated: July 17, 2014 10:43 am

Former Montreal mayor Gerard Tremblay breaks his silence

Former Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay testifies at the Charbonneau Commission in Montreal Monday, April 29, 2013.

Handout/Charbonneau Commission/The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – The former mayor of Montreal is speaking out about the contracting scandal that led to his resignation during a live radio interview on Thursday morning.

After a 25-year career in municipal and provincial politcs, Gerald Tremblay resigned on November 5, 2012, in the midst of a corruption scandal. At the time, he was defensive, saying that he had done nothing wrong but was stepping aside for the greater good of a city that has been politically paralyzed.

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He insisted then he was unaware of corruption in his administration and only learned about it after the fact, noting at the time that he felt betrayed by the people who had abused his trust and cast himself as a victim of wrongdoing.

“My father always told me not to go into politics because it was dirty and people would destroy me,” Tremblay said during his resignation speech.

“I dedicated myself fully to the success of Montreal – with Judeo-Christian values of charity, solidarity, integrity, respect, openness.”

Tremblay will be interviewed by Pierre Maisonneuve, where he is expected to talk about his pilgrimage to Compostela, his faith, his years running Montreal and his resignation.

Listen to the interview at 11 a.m. EST on Radio Ville-Marie here [in French].

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