Monday 17 June 2013
A city without a mayor
I have read the news today and I am fuming. Michael Applebaum, the interim mayor of Montreal, has been arrested for corruption. Applebaum took over after Gérald Tremblay was forced to resign because he was (rightfully) accused of being a puppet in the hands of a corrupted administration. I often blogged about Gérald Tremblay in French, a despicable idiot unable to show any kind of leadership when his city was being looted by shady businessmen and members of organised crime, of course with the helping hand of the people that had put him in power. He was also a creationist, which is unrelated but speak volumes about his character. I had respect for Michael Applebaum, who came into power promising to be mayor only until the elections, with a reputation of probity that Montreal badly needed. And now. Well, now, he was just as rotten as the administration he was from. So Montreal is now without a mayor. Again. Technically, Applebaum is still mayor of course, even though people are calling (rightfully) for his resignation. Nevertheless, Montreal is de facto without a leader. The city has been devoid of a leader of any sort for more than a decade. Pathetic. In the same time, I cannot help but feel a sort of ferocious satisfaction at the sight of all these crooks and scumbags being taken care of by the police.