What the Heck Is the Matter with the Mayors of Canada?

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What the Heck Is the Matter with the Mayors of Canada?
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What the Heck Is the Matter with the Mayors of Canada?

So a Canadian mayor was arrested Monday and, no, it was not the one you expect. Montreal's mayor was taken from his home early this morning, and it's making us ask a very serious question: what is going on with Canadian mayors lately? 

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Quebec's anti-corruption cops arrested Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum at his home around 6 a.m. Monday morning. Applebaum was chosen by city council as interim mayor in November to replace Gérald Tremblay who resigned over corruption charges. Applebaum faces "14 criminal charges, including fraud towards the government, breach of trust, conspiracy and municipal corruption," the CBC reports. In his short time as mayor, Applebaum has already defended himself from allegations of mafia connections

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Two others were arrested Monday -- Jean-Yves Bisson and Saulie Zajdel -- who have connections to Montreal's Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough office where Applebaum previously sat as borough mayor. Bisson is a former borough manager and Zajdel is a former city councillor. UPAC raided the office in May but Applebaum wasn't named as a suspect at the time.

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But when a Canadian mayor makes headlines for getting arrested in the shadow of Rob Ford (allegedly!) smoking crack cocaine on video, well, certain questions like ours get raised. What, exactly, is going on with our unassuming northern neighbors? There's something rotten not in Denmark, but in Canadian cities across the country. 

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Consider this brief recent history of Canada's misbehaving mayors: 

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That's all a bit much, no? It was enough to make National Post scribe Bruce Arthur, who inspired this post, to name the group the "league of Canadian mayoral supervillains." It doesn't have the catchiness of Scott Pilgrim's "league of evil ex-boyfriends," but for now it will have to work. 

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