Montreal’s interim mayor Michael Applebaum announced his resignation today. The move comes one day after he was arrested on corruption and conspiracy charges.
Applebaum faces 14 charges, including fraud, conspiracy, breach of trust, and corruption in municipal affairs. He says he will be focusing his energy on his defense and family.
“I have a profound conviction that I have always worked in the best interest of Montrealers,” he said. “I will do everything I can to prove the accusations against me are unfounded.” …
“I cannot comment on the different accusations and the different rumours, but I have every intention of continuing to fight,” he said. “I want to be clear that I’ve never taken a penny from anybody.”
Applebaum acknowledged that seven months ago he campaigned on a promise to clean up city hall.