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New Montreal mayor promises no surprises

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MONTREAL -- Montreal's new interim mayor is making what passes for a bold prediction these days for a politician in this city: he's confident his offices won't be targeted in any police raids.

Laurent Blanchard was named to the job Tuesday, making him the scandal-soaked city's third mayor in less than a year.

He will hold the job for only a few months, until the November municipal election.

The two-term city councillor was asked whether he feared UPAC, Quebec's anti-corruption squad, might also come knocking at his borough offices.

"I don't worry about that," said Blanchard, a former community newspaper publisher. "Absolutely not!"

An opposition politician at city hall agreed. Richard Bergeron, head of the Projet Montreal party, expressed confidence "there are no nasty surprises to worry about" with Blanchard.

City council chose Blanchard in a close vote where he beat his two rivals by a score of 30-28-3.


-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 26, 2013 A11

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