Michael Applebaum


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.

Are We Paying Enough Attention to Municipal Politics?

Nonetheless, despite the many good examples of Canadian mayors, some of the bad examples -- especially those like Rob Ford who cast a bad reputation on their city -- raises the question, are we paying enough attention to municipal politics? And, especially, are we paying enough attention to who gets elected to municipal office?
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14 Charges? Time For A Vacation!

MONTREAL - Former Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum has permission to go on holiday outside the country, despite facing a number of criminal charges.A member of his legal team said Applebaum got his pa...

Learn From Laval and Montreal -- Limit Mayoral Terms

I believe the time has come for the National Assembly of Quebec to legislate a limit on a mayor's tenure in the province's cities. As in many other jurisdictions, two terms are more than sufficient, whereas clinging to power for extended periods of time leads to cronyism and conspiracy as has been well demonstrated by the Montreal and Laval experience!

Meet Montreal's New Interim Mayor

MONTREAL - Montreal's new interim mayor is making what passes for a bold prediction these days for a politician in this city: he's confident his offices won't be targeted in any police raids.Laurent B...

Where Have All The Political Leaders Gone?

Daily updates of the scandals washing over politicians from Montreal to Ottawa to Toronto have some officials looking more like Clay Davis of The Wire's Baltimore than much else. Where have all the leaders gone? Part of the problem, surely, is who we deify. We are guilty of perpetuating a celebrity-obsessed culture, whether those figures drop rhymes, dimes, or guidelines.

Waiting On Word

Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum has resigned in the wake of corruption charges being laid against him, although he maintains he is innocent. "Being mayor of Montreal is not a task one can do while d...

Montreal Mayor To Speak At 3:30

MONTREAL - Montreal has had its second scandal-provoked mayoral resignation in less than a year, with an arrest and criminal charges leading to the departure Tuesday of its interim city-hall boss.Repl...

Marois: Montreal Mayor Should Resign

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois says Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum should step down following his arrest this morning. "He does not have a choice, he should resign," said Marois at a news conference...

How Do We Fight Corruption?

Corruption takes many forms: the theft of public resources; the sale of political influence; the betrayal of the public trust. In all cases, however, corruption thrives when political power is able to operate in the shadows, and it withers before the glare of public scrutiny.

Montreal's Big Corruption Crackdown

Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum has given his administration one month to put in place 60 recommendations aimed at preventing collusion and corruption in the awarding of city contracts. The measures...

Time To Clean House

Montreal's new mayor, Michael Applebaum, and the Parti Québécois government say they share a vision to fight corruption and collusion in municipal affairs. Applebaum said he wants to see Bill 1, the...

Montreal Gets A New Mayor

MONTREAL - For the first time in a century, an anglophone has won the keys to the mayor's office in Montreal — a stunning victory inside a city hall that has been shaken by scandal.Michael Applebaum w...

Montreal's First Anglo Mayor?

MONTREAL - A number of Quebec politicians have lately been forced to deflect allegations of corruption. Now a Montreal mayoral candidate is deflecting allegations that he's too English for the job.Mic...