M2000.93.71 | Lorraine Pagé: Accused of Shoplifting a Pair of Gloves

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Lorraine Pagé: Accused of Shoplifting a Pair of Gloves
Serge Chapleau
1999, 20th century
Graphite on card
43.2 x 35.6 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379)
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"In a television show that I co-hosted with Chantale Hébert, Lorraine Pagé told me that she found this cartoon so pertinent, so true, that it made her cry."

Serge Chapleau

  • What

    Accused of stealing a pair of gloves while shopping just before Christmas 1998, Lorraine Pagé saw her career go down the drain in the ensuing controversy. She was forced to quit her post as the president of one of Quebec's largest and most influential unions, the Centrale de l'enseignement du Quebec.

  • Where

    Lorraine Pagé was found to have a pair of gloves that she had not paid for in her possession as she was leaving The Bay branch in the Place Versailles shopping centre, in eastern Montreal.

  • When

    Originally found guilty on the charge of shoplifting brought against her in 1999, Lorraine Pagé, who stated that she had been distracted at the time, had to wait until the summer of 2000, and her acquittal, before she could put the whole affair behind her.

  • Who

    Lorraine Pagé, union activist, was president of the Centrale de l'enseignement du Quebec (CEQ) from 1988 to 1999.