Montreal’s New Leader

Forward Magazine - - Front Page - Read the full post by Re­nee Ghert-Zand at blogs.for­ward.com/for­ward-think­ing

With his re­cent elec­tion, Montreal’s Mayor, Michael Applebaum, has be­come not only the first non-na­tive French speaker in a cen­tury to hold the post, but also the first-ever Jewish mayor of the sec­ond-largest French-speak­ing city in the world. Applebaum, 49, was cho­sen by a two-vote mar­gin by city coun­cilors af­ter he ran as an in­de­pen­dent cam­paign call­ing for trans­parency in gov­ern­ment, fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of for­mer mayor Gérald Trem­blay. Ex­perts on Montreal Jewry had mixed re­ac­tions to his elec­tion, with some say­ing it was a his­toric first and oth­ers say­ing that re­li­gion and lan­guage are less im­por­tant than com­pe­tence.

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