SLIDESHOW: Politicians Sunk By Scandal
- 1. Rob Ford
The polarizing Toronto mayor just may have met his match when a judge, Justice Charles Hackland, ruled that he breached Ontario's conflict of interest law and ordered him removed from office. Ford vows that he will appeal the verdict and will fight 'tooth and nail' to keep his job.
- 2. Gilles Vaillancourt
After 23 years at the helm the former "King of Laval" was dethroned in early November. Within his first eight years in office, Vaillancourt attracted $750 million in investments, and the city of Laval, Quebec's third largest, flourished. So what brought down his reign of supremacy? The Charbonneau commission. Over the years, his opposition questioned the way he ran the city and accused him favouritism, bribery and corruption. He vehemently denied these allegations but due to the mounting pressure (or evidence) he resigned from office at the beginning of November.
- 3. Gerard Tremblay
The man who started it all is former mayor of Montreal. Just days before Vaillancourt stepped down, Tremblay resigned from his post in the midst of a corruption scandal. He denied any wrongdoing but said: "the success of this city is much more important than personal interest."
- 4. Silvio Berlusconi
Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is no stranger to scandals; in fact, scandal must be his middle name. He's been plagued by sex scandals, a high-profile divorce from his wife of 20 years, child prostitution and a brutal assault in Milan. All of this, miraculously, never affected him from continuing as prime minister -- until something called a tax fraud conviction came along this year. Mr. Berlusconi was sentenced to nearly four years in prison because of a case involving television rights.
- 5. Bill and Hillary Clinton
Richard Nixon's political career ended because of Watergate. Bill Clinton's career was nearly ruined because of a Whitewater scandal that began in 1978. In the late-70s, he and his wife partnered with another couple, James and Susan McDougal, to purchase 220 acres of land that would become the Whitewater Development Corporation. The real estate venture failed, costing the Clintons a reported $40,000 in losses. This failed transaction also resulted in an investigation went on to include the Lewinsky sex scandal and several other controversies involving the Clintons. Eventually the Clintons were not found guilty, however, several of their associates wound up being convicted as a result of the investigations.