Christinne Muschi/Reuters

Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum has been arrested on 14 criminal charges, including fraud, conspiracy, and municipal corruption.

The mayor of a major Canadian city is in handcuffs today... and it's not the guy who allegedly smoked crack on video.

Rather, it's Canada's second-largest city, Montreal, that finds itself with a leadership crisis this morning after Mayor Michael Applebaum and two others were arrested by a Quebec anti-corruption unit. Applebaum, who was taken from his home by police at 6 a.m. Monday, will face 14 charges including fraud, conspiracy and municipal corruption.

It has become something of a tradition in this city of 1.6 million people: Applebaum's predecessor, Gérald Tremblay, resigned last year amid allegations of corruption. The city's first anglophone mayor in more than a century, Applebaum was selected by the Montreal City Council just last November on a platform of reform.* Opposition leaders are already calling for the mayor's resignation, though there's still a lot of details yet to come out about the case.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is still the mayor of Toronto.

Top image: Michael Applebaum is sworn in as mayor of Montreal. Christinne Muschi/Reuters.

*Correction: a previous version of this article stated the Applebaum was elected.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Environment

    Housing Discrimination Made Summers Even Hotter

    The practice of redlining in the 1930s helps explain why poorer U.S. neighborhoods experience more extreme heat.

  2. photo: subway in NYC
    Transportation

    Inside Bloomberg's $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

    Drawing on his time as New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg proposes handing power and money to urban leaders as part of his Democratic presidential bid.

  3. Transportation

    In Paris, a Very Progressive Agenda Is Going Mainstream

    Boosted by big sustainability wins, Mayor Anne Hidalgo is pitching bold plans to make the city center “100 percent bicycle” and turn office space into housing.

  4. photo: a couple tries out a mattress in a store.
    Equity

    What’s the Future of the ‘Sleep Economy’?

    As bed-in-a-box startup Casper files for an IPO, the buzzy mattress seller is betting that the next big thing in sleep is brick-and-mortar retail outlets.

  5. Equity

    What ‘Livability’ Looks Like for Black Women

    Livability indexes can obscure the experiences of non-white people. CityLab analyzed the outcomes just for black women, for a different kind of ranking.

×