Watch: Interim mayor Michael Applebaum announces resignation
MONTREAL – The premier of Quebec says it’s time for Montreal’s interim Mayor Michael Applebaum to leave and he is expected to make an announcement at City Hall at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
Applebaum was picked up at his home yesterday morning by Quebec’s anti-corruption squad.
Following his arrest, Applebaum spent nearly ten hours being questioned at provincial police headquarters.
He wouldn’t comment as he left but there are widespread calls for his resignation.
Quebec Premier Pauline Marois says Applebaum doesn’t have any other choice, but to resign.
Applebaum is facing 14 charges including fraud, conspiracy, breach of trust and corruption in municipal affairs.
Saulie Zajdel a Conservative election candidate in 2011, was picked up along with Applebaum.
He was slapped with five charges including breach of trust, fraud, bribery and corruption. They relate to acts allegedly committed in 2007 and 2008 back in Zajdel’s days as a municipal councillor.
Zajdel narrowly lost to Liberal incumbent Irwin Cotler and, after the vote, was put on the payroll in a Tory minister’s office to work on ethnic outreach.