A show with a liberal flavor

Healthcare employees thought they had won tickets to a Gregory Charles show as a thank you for their efforts during the pandemic. Rather, they ended up at an election-flavored event hosted by a Liberal MP this weekend.

“You won two tickets to a Gregory Charles show, an event hosted by the CIUSSS Center-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.” Tickets were awarded by lottery and you count the winning employees ”.


Gregory Charles.  Artist

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Gregory Charles. Artist

That was the email received by dozens of employees at the health facility on April 28th.

Many of these workers showed up on Sunday afternoon at the church of Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs in Verdun.

They quickly noticed that the event had a strong political odor, five months before the general election:


Leaflets praising the achievements of MP Melançon had been scattered in the church.

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Leaflets praising the achievements of MP Melançon had been scattered in the church.

  • A color leaflet with several photos, which praised the achievements of Verdun MP Isabelle Melançon, was distributed at the entrance and placed on each pew of the church.
  • PLQ leader Dominique Anglade was present. She took the opportunity to chat with many citizens and posted photos of the event on Twitter.
  • Member of Parliament Melançon delivered a speech. She later shared on her Facebook page her great pride in organizing the event. “What a day!” I’m still on a cloud! I was happy to accommodate nearly 600 people, ”she wrote.


At the exit, the spectators received this thank you card from the member.

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At the exit, the spectators received this thank you card from the member.

  • At the exit of the church, the employees who had attended the show were given a thank you card with a photo of Isabelle Melançon.

“Political event”

“When we realized it was a political event, we thought about leaving. Many people were wondering what they were doing there, ”a person who was in attendance and requested anonymity told our Bureau of Investigation.

According to this participant, people still seemed to appreciate the artist’s performance.

“The concert was great. Gregory Charles is good performer She adds.

According to Jeremy Ghio, director of communications at Dominique Anglade’s office, the event was “organized by the (church) factory, with the help of Isabelle Melançon’s constituency office.”

With public funds

Mr Ghio mentioned that the member for Verdun had donated $ 15,058 of public funds to the event, from her discretionary budget, an expenditure authorized by the National Assembly.

That amount was used to pay for “renting the room and equipment,” as well as “a small portion of Gregory’s stamp,” he added, without being able to say how much the stamp was.


This e-mail sent to CIUSSS employees made no mention of the political nature of the event.

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This e-mail sent to CIUSSS employees made no mention of the political nature of the event.

However, the e-mail we consulted, which was sent to the “winning employees” of the CIUSSS, did not contain any indication of the political nature of the event.

Jean Nicolas Aubé, CIUSSS’s Director of Media Relations, says that when the invitation was initially shared between managers, it was made very clear that “Ms. Isabelle Melançon is organizing a special event to express her gratitude to those who have been on the front lines since the beginning of the pandemic ”.

According to him, this information may not have been disclosed to some employees.

Not in his plans

Gregory Charles, for his part, assures that this event should not be seen as an indication of links between him and the PLQ.

“I didn’t know Dominique Anglade was there. […] I have never had a political event. I don’t have a party card, ”he explained, attached to the phone.

He sees this concert as a corporate event, “like I do 100 a year.”

The artist, whose public release on education caused a great deal of reaction last week, reiterates that he has “zero” intention of running in the October 3 elections.

But he adds: ” [En politique] it’s like wartime. If required, we would be foolish to say no. ”

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