Back in the mid-70's I managed to snag a quick interview with the head prosecutor of the Quebec crime commission while the fellow was in Ottawa.
I thought I'd hit him with a "gotcha" question. I mentioned something about how, outside Quebec, Canadians had a perception that Quebec politics were riddled with corruption. Then I asked, is this really true? I was floored by his response when he said, "Yes, but it's getting better."
That memory came flooding back when I read this morning that Montreal's "anti-corruption" mayor, Michael Applebaum, had been slapped with 14-corruption charges. The charges are said to include fraud against the government, breach of trust, conspiracy and municipal corruption. WTF???
Applebaum only got the mayor's job last November when he stepped in to replace the former mayor, Gerald Tremblay, who resigned because of ...corruption.
plus ça change, plus c'est la même