Gerald Tremblay

Who is he? Tremblay was mayor of Montreal from 2002 to 2012. He previously served as a minister in the Quebec government in the early nineties. He listed his proudest achievements as the integration of Montreals’ various boroughs after amalgamation, the stabilization of the city’s finances and improvement of the city’s transit system.

What is he accused of? Tremblay has not been charged with any crime. During the Charbonneau commission, it was alleged he turned a blind eye to illegal fundraising activities for his municipal party Union Montreal. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Michael Applebaum

Who is he? Applebaum is a former mayor of Montreal’s Cotes-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace borough and a Montreal city councillor, who became the interim mayor of Montreal on November 12, 2012. He’s the first Anglophone to have the job since 1912.

Applebaum became mayor after his predecessor Gerald Tremblay resigned. He had been Tremblay’s right-hand man and leader of Union Montreal, Tremblay’s municipal political group.

Applebaum cut his ties to Union Montreal in an effort to distance himself from the growing scandal.

What is he accused of? Fourteen charges including fraud, conspiracy, breach of trust, and corruption in municipal affairs.

Saulie Zajdel

Who is he? Saulie Zajdel was the Conservative candidate in the Montreal riding of Mount Royal during the 2011 federal election. He narrowly lost the riding to Liberal incumbent Irwin Cotler.

After the election, Zajdel he was hired by the Conservatives to work on ethnic outreach in the office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, James Moore. Last spring, Zajdel was part of the entourage that accompanied Prime Minister Stephen Harper during visit to Montreal. A couple of weeks after Harper’s visit, Zajdel abruptly resigned from his post.  

Prior to entering federal politics, Zajdel served as a Montreal city councillor from 1986 to 2009.

What is he accused of? Quebec's anti-corruption unit announced Monday that Zajdel had been arrested on five counts of fraud, corruption and breach of trust, related to construction permits issued between 2006 and 2011, when he was a city councillor.

Jean-Yves Bisson

Who is he? Jean-Yves Bisson was the director of permits in the west-end Montreal borough of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. He had worked under Robert Rousseau, the former permits director for the borough. In March, Rousseau killed himself hours after he was questioned by investigators for Quebec’s anti-corruption unit.

What is he accused of? Bisson faces four charges, including breach of trust, fraud, corruption and payment of secret commissions.