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06 november 2012

Mayor of Canada's second largest city Montreal, Gérald Tremblay resigns 'the ultimate sacrifice"

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Gérald Tremblay resigns as Mayor of Montreal

After several days of reflection, Gérald Tremblay, resigned as mayor of Montreal on Monday evening (Nov 5).

"Tonight, I am here to inform you that after twenty-five years of service to this community, I am leaving public life," he announced during a live television broadcast, adding: "When I was a young man, my father told me not to get into politics because it was dirty and would destroy me." Read entire speech here. Video here.

His resignation came after increasing allegations of municipal corruption, particularly involving the construction industry.

Mayor Tremblay insisted that "I've always promoted the values of integrity, honesty and respect. I committed all my energy to the best interest of our city. Given the magnitude of the challenges, I have delegated responsibilities and put my trust in my fellow elected officials and the municipal public servants."

"I fervently hope that one day there will be recognition about the fact that I fought - often alone - this system of collusion and corruption as the Charbonneau Commission is revealing it had existed since at least 1988."

Mayor Tremblay was first elected mayor of Montreal in 2001. In recent weeks the Charbonneau Commission, a public inquiry into the awarding of public construction contracts in the province of Quebec, has heard allegations of corruption.

More information:
CBC News "Montreal mayor steps down amid corruption allegations " - here
Montreal Gazette "Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay resigns" - here
Charbonneau Commission web site (in French) - here

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