UPDATED: Deschamps picked for Mayor, Applebaum to quit

Posted By: Michel Boyer · 11/8/2012 8:38:00 PM

The Union Montreal party elected Richard Deschamps as its replacement for Gerald Tremblay. That nomination still has to be approved by council on November 16th.

Within the party, he was up against Helen Fotopoulos and Michael Applebaum.

There had been concerns about Applebaum and Fotopoulos' fluency in French.

Members cast secret ballots who they wanted to see run the party, and possibly in the mayor's chair until November 2013.

"Mr. Deschamps has a very sharp intelligence," said Jane Cowell-Poitras of Union Montreal. "He is somebody who can think very quickly but deeply."

Deschamps said the process isn't over yet.

"I still have a process to follow, and I'm thinking about what we're going to do," Deschamps said. "I've got ideas and I will have to discuss that also."

Deschamps however is now the leader of Union Montreal, that doesn't need to approved by city council. 

He is also the vice-president of the executive committee.

UPDATE: A source tells CJAD 800 that Michael Applebaum intends to quit the Executive Committee due to a dispute over the controversial City of Montreal budget announced last month.

The source suggests Applebaum wants to see the announced tax hike reduced to the rate of inflation but that he is facing opposition from other party members- including Richard Deschamps.

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  1. Murray posted on 11/08/2012 10:10 PM
    I look forward t askng him if he wil live up to his oath of office or if he intends to follow the examples of the honourable Marvin Rotrand and Gerald Tremblay!
  2. C.J. posted on 11/09/2012 09:50 AM
    Well we all know why he was chosen...Hmmm would it be because his name is Richard Deschamps...God forbid if he had an ethnic name or english name. Nothing will change, He is of the same cloth. Was this cat more qualified than Applebaum, De Souza? I bet not. Typical Quebec attitude...this province will never progress..
    1. TAZ posted on 11/10/2012 11:18 AM
      @C.J. Typical angryphone remark, C.J. Where are your facts?

      When I heard the CJAD news on CHOM (which was more of a commentary than news), NO ONE mentionned their sources... News without sources, to me, equals nothing more than fabrication...

      This reminds me that there are still too many people ON BOTH SIDES of Boulevard St-Laurent that are stuck in the past, complaining like monday morning quarterbacks. Why don't you get involved and try to build something rather than destroy it...
  3. gary nicolson posted on 11/09/2012 09:54 AM
    this nonsense is insane.....regardless of language or last name ...or anything else for that matter....we need to clean house all of them...for applebaum not to be recognized as part and parcel of this whole fiasco is nuts....he's second in line...but noooo ..not a word of corruption on his part..he's bland like all the rest......wth ever happened to common sense ....

    monteal is sadly in denial and headed towards a dark place ..in canada ..
    1. Rudolph S posted on 11/11/2012 07:50 AM
      @gary nicolson ...and with Marois at the helm, this place is getting even darker....
  4. Ted posted on 11/09/2012 10:52 AM
    To believe that ALL these guys on the executive committee were "in the darK" and did not hear the rumors, one has to put aside all sembalnce of intelligence.
    The party itself has a problem, and no matter whom they choose to run the party, and be the mayor, the stench will follow.
    This city needs trusteeship.
    1. gary nicolson posted on 11/09/2012 11:39 AM
  5. Suburbanite posted on 11/09/2012 01:03 PM
    Why would anyone trust the former mayor's right-hand man? He was either in on the corruption with Tremblay, or was ignorant of what was occuring in the party, again with Tremblay. Either way this guy is not leader material. And yes, his french is fractured and halting, and whoever is going to lead Montreal needs to be fluently bilingual.

    I wonder whether we'll see kickback allegations referring to the Novabus and subway car purchases. I wouldn't be surprised to see Rotrand's name also come up in the corruption inquiry. Just a hunch.
  6. Phil posted on 11/09/2012 03:56 PM
    Tax should not go up. period. They are stealing from us a second time.
    1. Rudolph S posted on 11/11/2012 07:59 AM
      @Phil it is absolute scandalous, to hit Montrealers with more taxes, after they have just been told how the got ripped off by corrupt and inept city hall officials. Let them recuperate some of that money and leave the taxpayer for once in peace.
  7. gnicolson posted on 11/11/2012 08:45 AM
    call me crazy....but it seems at least to me anyways....were sitting on a powder keg,tensions are rising,over all issues.

    one day its going to explode and all hell is going to break loose.

    certainly hope not but just a deep gut feeling...ill wait and see..
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