Presidency of the UDA Sophie Pregent is not seeking

Presidency of the UDA | Sophie Prégent is not seeking a new mandate

Sophie Prégent will not run for president of the Union des Artistes (UDA) next spring, the actress confirmed on Tuesday.

Posted at 5:09 p.m


The actress was elected President of the UDA almost 10 years ago, in October 2013, replacing Raymond Legault, who had to reduce his term.

Sophie Prégent believes she has done enough. “I’ve been here for two and a half terms, I wasn’t able to walk during the pandemic, it wasn’t the right time but now I’m nearing the end of my term and I couldn’t imagine running again for another four years. It’s too long…” she confided to La Presse.

Candidates for his successor can present themselves from February 20; the voting period is March 20-23. The new President will take office on March 27th.

The UDA has been at the center of talks with the Quebec government to take action to support artists during the pandemic. Sophie Prégent, who was only the fourth woman of 18 to chair the trade union, also conducted lengthy negotiations that led to the reform of the artist’s status law. By the end of his mandate, Bill C-11 could even be passed, which will modernize the broadcasting law (by forcing web giants to invest in Canadian content).


Yes, Sophie Prégent leaves with a sense of accomplishment. Of all these nudes she’s tried and tested over the years, what is she most proud of?

“Cultural diversity,” she replies without hesitation. I wanted fair representation on our stages and on our screens. We were 10 years behind the rest of Canada and 15 years behind the Americans, we had to make things happen and something happened. it was my baby We created a decision table that brought writers, directors and actors together to change things. And it worked. »

“I am also proud of the creation of L’Aparté [organisme qui offre de l’assistance aux personnes du milieu culturel qui font l’objet ou ont été témoins de harcèlement ou de violences au travail], as part of the #metoo movement; It’s something that will stay here and it’s part of my legacy,” continues Sophie Prégent. If she had stayed, she would have kept another dossier close to her heart, that of the “audible minorities,” those who have an accent and are struggling to get hired. But it will be up to the person who will succeed him to lead this fight, as well as that of sexual and gender diversity, she believes.

Sophie Prégent now plans to devote more time to her work as an actress – she will be appearing in the new episodes of the Alertes series next March – as well as to her family, namely her spouse Charles Lafortune and their son Mathis, who is autistic and suffers from epilepsy. “I lead our Autistic & Major Foundation so there is no shortage of projects. »