MONTREAL – These days, in the Montreal area, mayors don’t last too long.
Not even the replacement ones.
The interim mayor of suburban Laval has just quit his post.
Alexandre Duplessis has announced he’s stepping down in a letter to the city clerk’s office and says his departure takes effect immediately.
This is just six hours after Duplessis told reporters he would not resign after a controversy allegedly involving extortion and a prostitute.
A new interim mayor will be chosen from the remaining group of city councillor. That person will hold the post until municipal election on Nov. 3.
That process begins next week.
The resignation of Laval’s interim mayor comes just a week after the interim mayor of Montreal resigned. Both Duplessis and Applebaum were replacing scandal-plagued elected mayors. Applebaum quit after he was slapped with fraud charges.