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Mayor Upset Over Grey Cup Anthem

November 23, 2002

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MONTREAL (AP) _ Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay complained Friday after learning that ``O Canada″ won’t be sung in French at the Grey Cup in Edmonton.

Adam Gregory, a 17-year-old high school student and country singer, will sing the national anthem _ but only in English _ prior to the game between the Edmonton Eskimos and Montreal Alouettes at Commonwealth Stadium on Sunday.

``It’s only fair to do that (sing in French),″ Tremblay said. ``We’re in Canada. It’s a bilingual country and they should sing in French.″

But organizers in Edmonton reaffirmed Friday they won’t be changing their plans.

``We wanted to profile an up-and-coming Edmontonian, and he sings in English,″ said Grey Cup committee member Rick Lelacheur. ``The pregame show goes around Adam’s singing of the anthem. In fairness to Adam, we wouldn’t want to take it away from him.″

``I’m not really up on my French,″ Gregory said.

Lelacheur said the national anthem was sung only in English when the Grey Cup was last held in Edmonton in 1997, when Toronto defeated Saskatchewan.

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