Joly plays down donor controversy
Mayoral candidate Mélanie Joly is looking to bounce back after a difficult weekend - one which saw her withdrawing support from her Plateau candidate Bibiane Bovet, a transsexual former escort facing financial questions by the province's financial regulator.
But Joly is now facing additional scrutiny following last Friday's publication of her donor list.
Seventeen donors did not list a Montreal postal code, which is a violation of Quebec electoral law.
Joly said her campaign received so many donations online that her team hasn't had the time to verify whether all of them are valid.
"If donors are not living in Montreal, they will be reimbursed," she said. "So it's really not an issue."
She met the media on Tuesday morning to announce that two independent councillors, Pierre Mainville in the eastern downtown riding of Ste-Marie and Renée-Chantal Belinga in the Montreal North riding of Ovide-Clermont, are supporting her bid for mayor.