TODAY   |  June 18, 2013

Canadian mayors face corruption, drug allegations

The scandal surrounding Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum, who is facing 14 corruption charges, comes on the heels of a newspaper reporting they had video evidence of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford using crack cocaine, allegations he has denied. NBC’s John Yang reports.

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>>> now to a couple of scandals in two major cities north of the border that have people asking what's going on in canada.

>> reporter: montreal mayor left police headquaters declining to comment on the 14 corruption charges he is facing before hopping into a cab. he arrived more than nine hours earlier after being taken into custody at home.

>> no one is above the law and you can't hide from the law.

>> bombshell at city hall .

>> the stunning news lead to calls for him to step down.

>> the mayor should do have the honable thing and tender his resignation.

>> reporter: it involves two real estate deals. throughout he defended himself.

>> i have nothing to hide and i will continue to do my work.

>> meanwhile, the major of toronto deals with his own problems.

>> i do not use crack cocaine nor am i an addict of crack cocaine .

>> last week the toronto star reported there was a video showing him smoking a crack bite. with the allegations about these mayors, oh, canada.

>> the fact of the matter is that our scandals, right now are juicier than your scandals.

>> a distinction canadians aren't likely to boast about, or about. for today, john yang , nbc news chicago.