Saulie Zajdel enters guilty plea

WATCH: Longtime Montreal city councillor Saulie Zajdel has pleaded guilty to breach of trust and corruption charges.

MONTREAL – A former Conservative candidate and longtime Montreal city councillor has entered guilty pleas to breach of trust and corruption charges.

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Saulie Zajdel won’t serve any time in jail after pleading guilty Tuesday to two of the five charges he faced stemming from land deals in a borough where he was an elected official.

Zajdel was given an 18-month suspended sentence and must perform 240 hours of community service during that period.

He also has to donate $10 thousand to various groups.

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Zajdel was involved in federal politics as the Tory candidate in the Montreal riding of Mount Royal in 2011, losing to Liberal Irwin Cotler.

He was subsequently hired by then-heritage minister James Moore to work as an “ethnic outreach officer” but Cotler referred to him as a “shadow MP.”

Zajdel quit his federal post in 2012.

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