Montrealers have long assumed a fair amount of dirty money sloshes through their city’s politics, but only lately are they learning just how bad things are. This week the mayor had to resign, a mayor of a neighboring town may soon follow him, and taxpayers don’t know whether to laugh or weep over the revelation of a safe so bulging with cash that a campaign fundraiser needed help shutting the door. […] Antonia Maioni, a political science professor at Montreal’s McGill University, said the investigation was having a powerful effect, positive and negative. “On the one hand people are shocked and horrified. On the other hand there is sort of this collective relief that finally this commission is doing the hard and dirty job of getting to the bottom of it,” Maioni said.
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