What I Learned This Week: When The Worst Becomes The Best

Sometimes the worst of times may be the best of times in disguise. I repeat the caveat: sometimes. Case in point, let's look at four very different mayors from across Canada: Gérald Tremblay, Rob Ford, Naheed Nenshi, and Colette Roy-Laroche. They all faced different types of crises this summer, and their responses defined them in the public eye.

Former Montreal Mayor Grilled

Gérald Tremblay's voice broke as he spoke of Montreal as 'an exceptional city' that deserves devoted, trustworthy bureaucrats and elected officials, ending his testimony before Quebec's corruption inq...

Quebec's Mafia Corruption Is All Out In the Open

On Monday, Montreal's hapless, shaky, angry, and white-haired mayor, Gérald Tremblay, resigned in disgrace. It's no big surprise, really. Gérald had been fighting corruption allegations for years, always claiming that he knew nothing about any corruption seeping into Montreal's municipal politics. Even the most casual city observer would call utter bullshit on that. The mayor's position really became untenable last week when a former top aide, Martin Dumont, dished the goods in front of the Charbonneau Commission, which has been overturning dirty rocks to uncover the filthy world of Montreal's construction contracts.

Who Will Replace Tremblay?

MONTREAL - Montreal will pick an interim mayor on Nov. 16 to replace the one who has resigned in the midst of a corruption scandal.The winner will serve as interim mayor for just under a year, until t...


Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay has announced his resignation less than a week after he was personally implicated in testimony at Quebec's public inquiry into corruption in the province's construction...

Montreal Mayor Calls A Time Out

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 fe...