Montreal's Mayor Resigns


Insisting he has done nothing wrong, Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay resigned last night, painting himself as a victim of betrayal and of false allegations, even as testimony at the inquiry into corruption in Quebec's construction industry has characterized him as willfully blind to illegal campaign financing in his party. Today, we're asking what this all means.

Montreal's Mayor Resigns - Panel

"My father told me not to get into politics because it was dirty and would destroy me. But the course I would follow was determined by my passion and my love for Quebec and for Montreal."

If Gerald Tremblay remembers correctly, his father was certainly astute. Mr. Tremblay stepped down as mayor of Montreal last night, apparently the biggest political casualty of the Charbonneau Commission.

Since September, it has been looking into accusations of corruption and collusion in Quebec's construction industry and its impact on politics in Quebec. Nothing has been proven in court -- these are solely accusations. But what accusations?

Gerald Tremblay says people betrayed his trust. He calls his resignation his last act of love for Montreal.

We are speaking with a few Montrealers this morning to see if they're feeling the love. First -- always our first call on corruption -- is to our colleagues at Radio-Canada's Enquete. Which broke the original stories linking corruption in the construction industry to certain construction companies, unions, politicians, civil servants and the mafia.

Alain Gravel is the program host of Enquete on CBC French Television, Radio-Canada. He happens to be in Edmonton this morning.

And Linda Gyulai is The Gazette's civic affairs reporter.

Montreal's Mayor Resigns - Former Quebec Minister of Labour

Governments have worried about corruption in the Quebec construction industry for some time. In fact almost forty years ago, the Cliche Commission, identified a number of forms of corruption and how civil servants might benefit from it.

Jean Cournoyer called the commission in 1974 when he was Quebec's minister of Labour. He joined us from Montreal.

This segment was produced by The Current's Gord Westmacott and Montreal Network Producer, Susan McKenzie.

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