Mayor Applebaum promises transparency
Michael Applebaum was offically sworn in as the city's 42nd mayor today in front of a packed crowd at city hall that included proud family members and friends, city councillors, and opposition leaders.
During his 10-minute swearing in speech, Mayor Applebaum addressed the citizens saying he is here to work for their interests, and not in the interests of politicians.
He also promises a transparent city hall for the next year and says he will do everything he can to regain the public's trust.
One of the ways he will do that is by forcing members of his executive committee to sign a document stating they will not run for mayor next year.
"I do not want personal interests in anybody wanting to be the future mayor of Montreal," he said in his first news conference as Mayor.
Applebaum also wants executive committee meetings to be accessible to the public and no longer held behind closed doors.
He says his first order of business will be to review next year's budget and lower the tax hike to the rate of inflation as he promised.
He will reveal his executive committee later this week.
Photo: MARTIN CHAMBERLAND (LA PRESSE), Laura Casella (CJAD)
Video: Laura Casella (CJAD)