After a Mafia civil war that lasted almost five years and the death of longtime godfather Vito Rizzuto just a little over three months ago things have been quiet in and around Montreal. Since the passing of Vito Rizzuto from complications believed to be from lung cancer sources confirm no one now holds the rank of godfather. Instead the new leaders of the mafia in Montreal including Rocco Sollecito believed to be one of the remaining high level leaders of the Rizzuto crime family have suggested that a “table of leadership” between members of the third generation of families who have been in control of the mob in Montreal over the last 30 years be formed according to sources. This is a move to bury the hatchet and settle the disputes which led to the bloody Montreal Mafia war and avoid further violence which many expected to see after Vito’s death.
This new Montreal Mafia table of leadership would include members from the Rizzuto family and its loyal allies along with other clan leaders and associates. Along with this new leadership group the Montreal Mafia would maintain its existing agreements with other criminal organizations like the Hells Angels. Mob sources say the new leaders of the Montreal Mafia want themselves and the organization back into the shadows getting away from all of the exposure brought about over last few years due to the violent war and work of Charbonneau Commission of late. New members of this table of leadership board would be much less visible then previous leaders like Vito Rizzuto and other members of the Rizzuto family were.
According to mob sources Giuseppe De Vito who is believed to have formed an alliance with Raynald Desjardins against the Rizzuto family and became a sworn enemy of the Sicilians may also be part of this new leadership commission. This would prove to truly be a move to settle many of the old grudges and allow everyone in the Montreal underworld to peacefully get back to business. It is believed that the murder of Roger Valiquette in Montreal a few days prior to Vito Rizzuto’s death may be the last homicide linked to the recent Montreal Mafia war and the retaliation of Vito.
As of now it seems that a market exists to satisfy the crime organizations in the area which may lead to this type of leadership collaboration working at least for now. It is still too early to tell if this new leadership board will indeed form and be able to maintain control of the mafia in Montreal or if violence will still play a part as the new leadership transitions into place.