MONTREAL -- With his administration under heavy fire over an ongoing corruption scandal, Montreal's embattled mayor is taking a break.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Gerald Tremblay says he'll be taking a few days off and be back at work on Monday.

The break comes as both Tremblay and his administration remain under the microscope.

A witness testified at Quebec's corruption inquiry this week that Tremblay not only knew about illegal fundraising within his political party -- but actually ignored it.

Tremblay cancelled a number of public appearances this week including a major speech scheduled for tomorrow outlining his economic legacy.

The timing of today's announcement is important -- if Tremblay quits before Nov. 3, one year ahead of the next municipal election, an early vote for the mayoralty will be held.

If he quits afterward, under the provincial law, he can be replaced by city council without an election. His party holds the majority on council.

Municipal elections across the province are to be held in November 2013.

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  • Quebec's corruption inquiry has heard an exhaustive history of the Italian Mafia -- how it was created, how it got into the construction business, and how pervasive it is. One witness, Italian-born criminology PhD Valentina Tenti, shared a document recovered by Italian police that purports to hold the "Ten Commandments" of the Sicilian Mafia, known the "Cosa Nostra" (Our Thing). <em>With files from The Canadian Press</em>

  • 10. No Easy Meetings

    No one can present himself directly to one of our friends ("amico nostro"). There must be a third party to do it.

  • 9. Never Look At The Wives Of Friends.

  • 8. Never Be Seen With Cops

  • 7. Don't Go To Pubs And Clubs

  • 6. Stay Available ALWAYS

    Always being available for Cosa Nostra is a duty -- even if your wife is about to give birth.

  • 5. Appointments Must Absolutely Be Respected.

  • 4. Wives Must Be Treated With Respect

  • 3. Be Truthful

    When asked for any information, the answer must be the truth.

  • 2. Respect The Cash

    Money cannot be taken if it belongs to others or to other families.

  • 1. Keep It Exclusive

    People who can't be part of Cosa Nostra: Anyone who has a close relative in the police, anyone with a traitor for a relative, anyone who behaves badly and doesn't hold to moral values.



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  • "Vinny Carwash"

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/23/funniest-mafia-nicknames_n_812740.html">Back In 2011, the FBI made one of the biggest Mafia busts ever in New York City</a>. Here are some of the funniest nicknames from that case.

  • "Junior Lollipops"

  • "The Vet"

  • "Johnny Pizza"

  • "The Claw"

  • "Marbles"

  • "The Professor"

  • "Tony Bagels"

  • "Johnny Cash"

  • "Baby Fat Larry"