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Montreal mayor resigns amid corruption charges

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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-11-06

Montreal’s embattled mayor stood down on Monday over corruption allegations that linked him to mafia-related party finance activity. Gerald Tremblay (pictured), 70, who led the city since 2001, has denied the claims.

Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay resigned Monday after witnesses linked him to illegal party financing skimmed from city construction contracts as part of an alleged mafia scheme.

Tremblay, 70, led Canada's second-largest city since 2001 and would not have faced reelection until the end of his latest mandate in 2013.

"After 25 years of public service, I am leaving public life," he said in a televised address.

A commission headed by Superior Court Justice France Charbonneau had heard in recent weeks that the mayor's political party received kickbacks from construction bids.

Witnesses also told the commission investigating alleged graft, bid-rigging and kickbacks in the awarding of government construction contracts that the mayor was aware of illegal party financing and campaign spending.

Tremblay flatly rejected the accusations.

"Long ago, my father told me never to go into politics, because it's dirty and I would be destroyed," he said. "But my passion and love for Quebec and for Montreal plotted the course I should take. I devoted all of my energy and I gave my best."

Tremblay expressed regret that his trust had been betrayed, and said he accepted "full responsibility" for the consequences.

The Charbonneau commission was launched after a leaked police report pointed to evidence that construction companies were banding together to keep prices high -- and possibly had links to organized crime.

It will release its findings next year.

(AFP)

Date created : 2012-11-06

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