Montreal mayor says he doesn't know members of the Mob
Mayor says he did nothing wrong by going to known-mafia hangout, La Cantina
Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum has said he did nothing wrong when he attended a fundraiser at a restaurant that is known to be frequented by members of the mafia ten years ago.
Applebaum called a news conference today to address the report, published in newspaper Le Devoir, that he was at Montreal restaurant La Cantina in 2003.
The restaurant had a reputation for being a hangout for members of the Rizzuto clan.
In 2009, the restaurants' owner, Frederico Del Peschio, was shot to death in the parking lot.
Today, Applebaum said he is a man of integrity and transparency who has nothing to hide.
He admitted to being at the restaurant, but said at the time he had no idea about its links to the Mob. Applebaum said he never returned to the restaurant once he learned of those ties.
"I am not afraid of the mafia. I do not hang out with the mafia, and I do not know the mafia," he said.
Applebaum said he has nothing to apologize for.
The mayor said he has never accepted money or gifts in return for political favours.
He said his main goal is to restore Montrealers' confidence in their government.