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Political scandals: Oh, Canada

Canada, by reputation, has a clean and upright culture, but lately a number of its prominent officials seem bent on changing that image. In Montreal, Mayor Michael Applebaum resigned last week after being arrested by the Quebec Police Department’s anticorruption unit and charged with, among other things, defrauding the government. This comes a mere seven months after Montreal’s previous mayor, Gerald Tremblay, resigned his post after allegations surfaced that his campaign solicited illegal donations.

Applebaum joins a surprisingly long list of Canadian politicos who are under investigation by the authorities — Nigel Wright, the former chief of staff of Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who’s been accused of appearing in a cellphone video smoking crack cocaine; and other mayors of major Canadian cities suspected of various misdeeds.

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