MONTREAL – Former Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay gets his long-awaited chance today to appear at Quebec’s corruption inquiry.
When he resigned last November, Tremblay said he had hoped to testify at the Charbonneau Commission while still in office so he could defend himself.
Inquiry officials were not prepared to have him take the stand at the time.
Tremblay stepped down as mayor under a cloud of scandal brought on in part by inquiry testimony that he was aware of alleged illegal financing and did nothing.
The allegation from a former aide was politically devastating to Tremblay after he had spent years repeatedly proclaiming his ignorance of such wrongdoing.
Tremblay has been the inquiry’s highest-ranking political casualty from testimony that has seen engineering executives and others forced to leave their posts.
The former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister and three-term mayor, has steadfastly denied knowing about any collusion at city hall.