He went out as he has always been. Cowardly, awash in self pity, and oblivious to all but that which affects him personally.
In a rare 7PM news conference (timed to miss the supper hour newscasts, naturally), Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay announced his resignation.
"I am committing my last act of love for Montreal. After twenty five years of service to this community I am leaving public life".
In his parting words to the city, Tremblay denied any and all responsibility. He proclaimed his innocence and cast himself as a victim, saying that one day history would show him to have been a crusader against corruption.