11/01/2012 02:14 EDT | Updated 01/01/2013 05:12 EST

Quebec Corruption Inquiry: Gerald Tremblay, Montreal Mayor, Takes Time Off


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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