Michael Applebaum is a man of conviction and as such, ventured into politics to fight the city’s decision to close a certain number of municipal skating rinks. He was elected as city councillor in 1994 and re-elected in 1998. In 2001, Michael Applebaum was elected in the new merged city as mayor of the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough, the most densely populated borough in Montréal.
As an experienced manager involved in the business world, Michael Applebaum made it his priority to improve local services and manage borough finances rigorously. He was successful in maintaining a balanced budget and quality services for the community.
Michael Applebaum introduced a special fund dedicated to community development in the CDN/NDG borough. Thanks to this fund, the budget earmarked for community and sports organizations in Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce increased substantially over the years.
From 2005 to January 2009, Michael Applebaum presided over the Urban Agglomeration Council Commission on the environment, transport and infrastructure. In January 2009, he became a member of the Montréal executive committee responsible for sports and recreation.
In November 2009, the mayor of Montréal appointed Applebaum as vice-chairman of the executive committee responsible for housing, borough relations, citizen services and communications. In April 2011, the mayor of Montréal appointed him as chairman of the executive committee responsible for finances, administration and urban planning.
On November 16, 2012, following Gérald Tremblay’s resignation as mayor, Michael Applebaum was elected as mayor of Montréal by city council. He now sits as an independent.
On November 22, he formed his first executive committee made up of elected officials from three municipal parties, two independent councilors, as well as an independent Chairman.
On top of being a member on the Board of Directors for Montréal International, as mayor of Montréal, Michael Applebaum is the president of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal and sits on the agglomeration council of Montréal.