It's been a rough day on the campaign trail for two of the main Montreal mayoralty candidates, who have had to defend some of their candidates who've been in the news lately. And not in a good way.
Mélanie Joly said she's spoken with her St. Leonard candidate, Tomasso Di Paola and while he's been questioned by police in an alleged case of conjugal violence, he hasn't been charged.
"He has my confidence," Joly told reporters while she was campaigning near Berri-UQAM metro.
Rival Denis Coderre has said Joly should have taken action.
Joly meantime is criticizing Coderre's choice of candidates. Michel Bissonnet, running for mayor in St. Leonard, is reported to have gone to a party whose guest list includes people with mafia ties named at the Charbonneau commission. While Joly acknowledged Bissonnet hasn't been charged with anything, she said it's a different situation from her own candidate.
"The reality is, Mr. Bissonnet was at city hall during the problems of corruption we saw over the past months and over the past year. And in my opinion, the corruption issue has not been solved," Joly said.
So far Coderre and Bissonnet are refusing to comment.